NL All-Star races coming down to the wire
Ramirez and Wright close, Lucroy gaining on Molina as Thursday's end of voting nears
The potential National League All-Star Game starting lineup saw no changes in Tuesday's final voting update. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of spots still up for grabs as things come down to the wire.
The only difference since last week's update is how the top three outfielders shuffled. The trio remains the same -- the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and the Brewers' Carlos Gomez -- but McCutchen (3,173,810 votes) moved from second to first, Gomez (3,169,748) from third to second and Puig (3,001,907) fell from first to third.
Additionally, the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (2,681,019) and the Brewers' Ryan Braun (2,509,770) aren't far behind in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
Beyond the outfield, the two close races are at third base and catcher, and a couple of Brewers are involved there, too. After climbing ahead of the Mets' David Wright (1,555,717) last week, Aramis Ramirez (1,790,777) still leads by a narrow margin. And Jonathan Lucroy (2,636,640) is closing in on Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (3,100,939) heading into the homestretch.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access the additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
The league's top vote-getter remains Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (3,997,477), who is also seeking to join the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (4,460,245) and the Angels' Mike Trout (4,085,647) as baseball's only four-million vote men.
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (2,436,143) leads by a healthy margin over Pittsburgh's Neil Walker (1,556,511), and D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (2,582,955) leads Milwaukee's Mark Reynolds (1,430,395) by more than one million votes, even though Reynolds moved from fourth to second place in the past week.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Poll, in which they can select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby, which will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and NL All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. More information is available at allstargame.com.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS
1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 3,100,939
2. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 2,636,640
3. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,985,621
4. Evan Gattis, Braves: 1,364,524
5. Devin Mesoraco, Reds: 907,593
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: 2,582,955
2. Mark Reynolds, Brewers: 1,430,395
3. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: 1,418,148
4. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,342,703
5. Matt Adams, Cardinals: 1,323,087
1. Chase Utley, Phillies: 2,436,143
2. Neil Walker, Pirates: 1,556,511
3. Dee Gordon, Dodgers: 1,374,523
4. Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 1,127,907
5. Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,046,607
1. Aramis Ramirez, Brewers: 1,790,777
2. David Wright, Mets: 1,555,717
3. Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,406,026
4. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 1,323,021
5. Todd Frazier, Reds: 1,224,931
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 3,997,477
2. Jean Segura, Brewers: 1,729,054
3. Brandon Crawford, Giants: 1,263,689
4. Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals: 1,072,023
5. Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers: 974,464
1. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 3,173,810
2. Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 3,169,748
3. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 3,001,907
4. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins: 2,681,019
5. Ryan Braun, Brewers: 2,509,770
6. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 1,859,729
7. Khris Davis, Brewers: 1,457,407
8. Michael Morse, Giants: 1,444,436
9. Angel Pagan, Giants: 1,442,188
9. Justin Upton, Braves: 1,404,724
10. Hunter Pence, Giants: 1,352,698
12. Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,282,897
13. Allen Craig, Cardinals: 999,184
14. Jason Heyward, Braves: 843,855
15. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies: 838,526