Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger leads all major league players in voting for next month’s All-Star Game with nearly 1.2 million votes.
The 23-year-old Bellinger, who led the majors with a .353 batting average with 20 home runs entering Tuesday, has 1,189,380 votes. Second among all players is Milwaukee Brewers slugging outfielder Christian Yelich (1,057,855).
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout leads the American League balloting, announced Monday, with 951,002 votes.
The third National League outfielder in the balloting is the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. (518,760), followed by the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, the Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora, the Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, the Cubs’ Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber, and the Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo.
Six-time All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper, who signed a record-breaking $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in the offseason, is 10th among outfielders — just 269 votes behind Verdugo — and is in danger of not making the cut to the next round.
New voting rules have divided the balloting into rounds. At the conclusion of the first round, which ends June 21, the top three players at each position — nine in the outfield — will move on to the next round of balloting with the vote tally starting over.
The Cubs have two position leaders. Shortstop Javier Baez, the NL’s starting second baseman last season, has the third-highest total in the league (861,496), far ahead of Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson (286,802). Catcher Willson Contreras (850,613) also has a big advantage over second-place Brian McCann (269,963) of Atlanta.
The top vote-getters at the other positions in what MLB calls “The Primary” are first baseman Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates, second baseman Ozzie Albies of the Braves and third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Rockies.
The second round — “The Starters Election” — will begin June 26 at noon ET and conclude at 4 p.m. ET on June 27. Starters will be announced on ESPN that night at 7 ET. Pitchers and reserves will be announced on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The All-Star Game will be played July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
—Field Level Media