Considering we just passed Memorial Day, it still seems a little early to be talking about the All-Star Game, but with one month of voting remaining MLB is announcing the leading vote-getters to this point.
Not surprisingly, Bryce Harper is the leading vote-getter in the National League, racking up nearly a million votes already. There are also plenty of Cubs, with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward all currently holding starting spots.
Even though the Brewers currently hold first place in the NL Central, it looks like those results haven't turned into All-Star support to this point. Eric Thames, after scuffling for much of the past month, is currently in 5th place among first basemen -- a fairly stacked position in the NL. Thames is nearly 300,000 votes behind Rizzo at the moment while also trailing Ryan Zimmerman, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt.
The only other Brewer to show up in the voting update is Ryan Braun, who currently ranks 12th among outfielders despite not playing for much of the past month.
It's a disappointing showing so far, but the early voting will almost always favor the known stars, and the Brewers' PR engine hasn't really fired up any campaigns yet. Things like catching platoons — while incredibly productive for the Brewers this year — also don’t tend to generate All-Star chatter. Still, it looks like the Brewers may be limited to one or two reserve representatives this summer if current results hold, and those would be at the mercy of player and manager picks.
Maybe they can hope Corey Knebel gets some manager pick love.
In the meantime, if voting for the All-Star Game is your thing, you can do it here.