Puig holds lead in All-Star race; A-Gon slips
Dodgers phenom top vote-getter among National League outfielders
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig continues to be the leading vote-getter among National League outfielders in the fourth All-Star balloting released on Sunday.
Puig has 1,942,701 votes, over 200,000 more than Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, who rose from fourth place to second. The flashy Puig, appearing on the ballot this year for the first time in his career, went into Sunday's game hitting .318 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs. He was NL Player of the Month for May.
No other Dodger leads the voting at his position, but Adrian Gonzalez is second among first basemen with 1,049,222 votes, slipping behind Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt by more than 200,000 votes.
Dee Gordon, like Puig on the ballot for the first time, is third in voting for second basemen with 898,226 votes, trailing runaway leader Chase Utley of Philadelphia and less than 100,000 votes behind runner-up Neil Walker of the Pirates. Gordon leads the Major Leagues with 36 stolen bases and leads the National League with six triples. He also has been playing a spectacular second base in his first season at the position.
At shortstop, Hanley Ramirez checks in fourth, as he did last week. Troy Tulowitzki is the dominant leader at the position, with nearly 2.6 million votes, more than any NL player at any position. Brandon Crawford and Jean Segura follow Tulowitzki in the voting. Ramirez had driven in 23 runs in 28 games going into Sunday play.
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 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field 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 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 5 p.m. PT 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.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.