Thursday, June 3, 2010

Braun Still Leading NL Outfielders in Fan Voting

This is the face of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise? Ha, I love it. No matter what Ryan Braun is choosing to do outside of the ballpark, his play on the field is continuing to give him national love in the All-Star voting. Braun is still the NL leader in outfielders for fan votes, currently racking up 693,460. He has the third most votes among any National League player, behind just Albert Pujols and Chase Utley who are both running away at their respective positions.

As for the rest of the Brewers, it doesn't really look like we have a shot to get any one else in the starting lineup. I thought that Casey McGehee would be able to make a claim for himself at third base, but it doesn't look it that will happen. Here's a quick breakdown of where the Brewers stand and how far they trail the position leaders (or you could just look at it here too):

First Base - Albert Pujols leads with more than one million votes, Prince Fielder is in third place trailing by nearly 700,000 votes.

Second Base - Chase Utley leads the league with more than 1.1 million votes, Rickie Weeks is in second place although he's nearly 900,00 votes behind.

Shortstop - Jimmy Rollins has the lead, with Alcides Escobar dropping to fifth place in the voting about 300,000 votes back.

Third Base - Casey McGehee is in third place, and David Wright is in second. Who's in first then? How about the Phillies' Placido Polanco. Sure, whatever. McGehee is 170,000 some votes behind the Phillies third basemen.

Outfield - Braun of course leads, with Jayson Werth and now Andre Either joining him as starters. Shane Victorino had a starting spot as of last week, but dropped down to fourth. Braun's lead isn't very comfortable though, as Victorino is just 150,000 or so votes behind Braun. Jim Edmonds and Carlos Gomez are afterthoughts at 13th and 14th, respectively. Corey Hart, your league leader in NL home runs, is nowhere to be found.

Catcher - Yadier Molina isn't too many votes ahead of Carlos Ruiz or Ivan Rodriguez, but Molina still is the pacesetter. Gregg Zaun was in the top five last week, but understandably he's out of the running thanks to an injury and that fact that he is not an All-Star caliber player anyway.


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