Packed outfield leads Crew's All-Star contenders
Gomez, Braun, Davis in the running to start; online voting runs through July 3
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun lost his starting position, but other Brewers made gains in the latest round of National League All-Star fan balloting figures released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.
Braun fell from third to sixth among NL outfielders with 750,672 votes, just behind teammate and 2013 All-Star Carlos Gomez, who moved up to fifth with 819,385 votes. The top three vote-getters in the outfield will be elected starters for the 85th All-Star Game.
The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig is the new leader among outfielders with 935,276 votes, followed by the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon (883,186), the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (863,307), the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (823,862), then Gomez and Braun.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Lucroy moved up to third among NL catchers, but he has work to do to catch Yadier Molina of the Cardinals (1,210,579 votes) and Buster Posey of the Giants (766,356). Lucroy has 522,310 votes.
Jean Segura is third among shortstops but has less than one-third of the votes (403,259) of leading NL vote-getter Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies (1,419,718), and Aramis Ramirez is third among third basemen. Ramirez was scheduled to get an opportunity to bolster his cause by returning from a left hamstring injury on Wednesday.
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.
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.