As a reminder, the voting this year is basically being broken up into two separate rounds -- a “primary” election with the full ballot of every team’s players represented that you’re used to, and then “Election Day,” where the top 3 vote-getters at every position (and nine in the outfield) move on with a clean slate for a single day of voting on June 26th.
It’s a change that might force fans to take notice of players on other teams in that final round, but it also truncates the period of initial voting -- and may make it hard to pull off the last-minute ballot box stuffing that Brewers fans have proven to be so adept at in the past.
If the early results are any indication, though, Brewers fans are making sure their team’s deserving players are represented well.
Reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich is currently second among NL outfielders, trailing only overall leading vote-getter Cody Bellinger. Those two are the only NL players who currently have more than 1 million votes.
Mike Moustakas, getting the benefit of being listed as a second baseman on the ballot, is also in second place, trailing only Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies.
Here are the leading NL vote-getters for the All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/knDdedhUZi— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 11, 2019
A Brewer that could use some voting help is Yasmani Grandal, who currently ranks 5th among NL catchers, despite being tied for the lead in home runs among NL catchers and ranking first in slugging, second in OPS, second in fWAR, and second in wOBA. Brian McCann, who has played in just 32 games this year and hasn’t even been his team’s primary catcher this season, currently ranks 2nd in voting.
Orlando Arcia is currently in a distant 8th among NL shortstops, while Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun are both outside of the Outfield Nine, currently coming in 17th and 20th, respectively.
You can find a full list of current leading vote-getters over at MLB.com.
The “Primary” runs through June 21st at 3 p.m. CT. The final “Election” will take place over 28 hours starting at 11 a.m. CT on June 26th, finishing at 3 p.m. CT on the 27th.