Braves need a boost from fans in All-Star voting
Freeman closest to starting nod; balloting runs through July 3
ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis have joined Justin Upton as Braves with more than a million votes in this year's All-Star balloting. But Jason Heyward dropped out of the Top 15 outfield voting as Atlanta has no players in line to start this year's All-Star Game at Target Field.
Freeman remains the Brave closest to earning a starting spot as he sits in third place among first basemen. He is fewer than 800,000 votes behind Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt.
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, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Upton's 1,203,302 votes lead all Atlanta players, but he ranks only ninth among outfielders. Gattis, who leads all catchers with 18 homers, will need to rely on heading to Minneapolis as a reserve as he is more than 1.5 million votes behind the Cardinals' Yadier Molina.
Andrelton Simmons ranked third when the first ballot results were released. But the exciting shortstop is no longer included among the top five NL shortstops in this balloting process.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these 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.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby 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 National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. 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. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS
1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 2,600,853
2. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 1,911,745
3. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,709,685
4. Evan Gattis, Braves: 1,055,119
5. Devin Mesoraco, Reds: 679,745
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: 1,962,386
2. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: 1,239,509
3. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,112,465
4. Mark Reynolds, Brewers: 1,067,419
5. Matt Adams, Cardinals: 1,021,846
1. Chase Utley, Phillies: 2,090,110
2. Neil Walker, Pirates: 1,328,959
3. Dee Gordon, Dodgers: 1,129,759
4. Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 849,316
5. Brandon Phillips, Reds: 798,784
1. Aramis Ramirez, Brewers: 1,279,902
2. David Wright, Mets: 1,260,895
3. Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,194,607
4. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 1,049,472
5. Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 1,019,161
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 3,287,460
2. Jean Segura, Brewers: 1,272,273
3. Brandon Crawford, Giants: 1,089,457
4. Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals: 851,613
5. Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers: 821,934
1. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 2,468,376
2. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 2,461,722
3. Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 2,409,860
4. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins: 2,130,519
5. Ryan Braun, Brewers: 1,974,845
6. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 1,608,755
7. Angel Pagan, Giants: 1,261,458
8. Michael Morse, Giants: 1,260,419
9. Justin Upton, Braves: 1,203,302
10. Hunter Pence, Giants: 1,146,060
11. Khris Davis, Brewers: 1,052,946
12. Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,014,863
13. Allen Craig, Cardinals: 788,636
14. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies: 713,648
15. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 680,930
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.