06/08/10 1:00 PM ET
Votto, Phillips getting their All-Star due
Both players among top five at their respective positions
By Matt Brown / MLB.com
Joey Votto moved to fourth place among first basemen, while Brandon Phillips ranks fifth among second basemen.
Votto, who ranks near the top of the league in several offensive categories, has 373,595 votes but is well behind leader Albert Pujols (1,549,941) of the Cardinals. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard and Milwaukee's Prince Fielder also rank above Votto.
"I don't want to say it doesn't matter, but I don't think it's something I need to concern myself over because I have no control over it," Votto said of the voting process. "I've gotta do that myself. You don't get to a game like that without earning it."
Votto missed six games at the end of May because of a stiff neck, but he quickly returned to form and went 4-for-5 in his first game back June 1. He's now hitting .313 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs.
At second base, Phillips is in a similar situation to Votto. With 293,686 votes, Phillips trails leader Chase Utley of Philadelphia by a wide margin, as Utley leads all NL players with 1,573,248 votes. Atlanta's Martin Prado, Florida's Dan Uggla and Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks sit between Phillips and Utley.
Phillips recovered from a slow start by hitting .316 in May, and he has raised his average to .284 for the season. The former Gold Glove winner also continues to get the job done in the field and ranks first in the NL in fielding percentage.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 8:59 p.m. PT. Sprint subscribers can now vote on the go with select Sprint devices. They can learn more about how to vote on their smart phones at MLB.com/Sprint.
Starting rosters will be announced on July 4 during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.
Besides online voting, Reds fans can also vote using the traditional in-stadium paper ballots, which are at Great American Ball Park through Friday.
Matt Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.