Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Braun, Brewers Earning All-Star Votes

If you're not a Philadelphia Phillies fan, you can do one of two things right now. You can pledge to not watch the 2010 MLB All-Star game, or you can start voting for anyone but a Phillies player online at MLB.com. Admittedly, I haven't voted yet, but it looks like there are plenty of Brewers fans that have at least spoke their mind, as the Brewers have someone in the top five at every position except for catcher.

Last year you may remember that Brewers fans were pretty good at getting to the polls so to speak, as guys like Jason Kendall and Bill Hall found themselves in the top five for their respective opinions, and Rickie Weeks had the second most votes for awhile even though he was injured for the season at that point. If you remember, Ryan Braun eventually went on to be a starter, while Prince Fielder and Trevor Hoffman made it to the game as well. Here's a look at the leaders for the NL so far, as well as where our guys rank on the list as well:

Catcher: Yadier Molina, St. Louis (316,795 votes), no Brewers in top five.

First Base: Albert Pujols, St. Louis (647,666 votes), Prince Fielder is in third place. (200,395)

Second Base: Chase Utley, Philadelphia (687,724), Rickie Weeks is in second place. (169,941)

Shortstop: Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia (340,747), Alcides Escobar is in third place. (151,710)

Third Base: Placido Polanco, Philadelphia (309,458), Casey McGehee is in third place. (185,312)

Outfield: Ryan Braun leads all outfielders (423,834) with Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino of the Phillies right behind him. Jim Edmonds is in 12th place (162,130) while Carlos Gomez is in 14th (140,145).

Braun has a decent lead in the infield, and I think he'll be able to hang on. He'll definitely make the top three though and get a starting nod. Everyone else seems to be an afterthought at this point, although Casey McGehee still has a shot at taking over the third base gig. I think the Brewers should really focus on him and make a push to get him into the game as a starter. I think he'd still make it on his own merits, but it'd be a thrill to see him start. Prince Fielder will probably get the nod based on the past, although he might not really deserve it this season. Rickie Weeks has an outside shot, and don't expect any of our pitchers to make it.

There is plenty of time to vote though, but instead I'm going to say that you better start voting now or else puppies will die. We need a sense of urgency here, people. Make sure you vote as much as you can, whether it's at the ballpark or online. Let's keep Braun atop the outfield ranks, and let's start a movement to get McGehee in there as well.


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