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Acuna, Albies lead Braves in first ASG update

@mlbbowman
June 11, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. ATLANTA -- The possibility of Ronald Acuna Jr and Ozzie Albies both being in the National League’s All-Star Game starting lineup

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search.

ATLANTA -- The possibility of Ronald Acuna Jr and Ozzie Albies both being in the National League’s All-Star Game starting lineup this year became more likely Tuesday afternoon, when the NL’s first All-Star balloting update was released.

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Albies has garnered more votes than any other NL second baseman, and Acuna is currently positioned to gain the third of three starting spots reserved for outfielders. Brian McCann ranks second among catchers, and Dansby Swanson ranks second among shortstops.

Early MVP candidate Freddie Freeman ranks third among first basemen.

So as things currently stand, the Braves are positioned to have a finalist at each position, other than third base, when Starter Selection voting begins two weeks from now. Third baseman Josh Donaldson ranks fourth and Nick Markakis ranks 11th among outfielders.

The top three vote-getters at each position (including all three outfield postions) per league will move on to "The Starters Election," which begins at noon ET on Wednesday, June 26. The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting window that ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 27. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled on ESPN that night at 7 ET. The pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Then on Tuesday, July 9, during the 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, fans may visit MLB.com and the 30 club sites to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.

Fans may vote in "The Primary" at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period. Fans in the US and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players. Primary voting ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21.

Albies (424,467) leads Milwaukee’s Mike Moustakas (377,983) by 46,484 votes. The Braves second baseman earned his first All-Star selection last year and entered the balloting’s final week with a legitimate chance to be voted into the starting lineup.

Cody Bellinger (1,189,380) Christian Yellich (1,057,855) and Acuna (518,760) stand as the top three vote getters among outfielders. Bellinger’s Dodgers teammate Joc Pederson stands fourth, approximately 175,000 votes behind Acuna. Markakis is approximately 10,000 votes behind Alex Verdugo, who is currently positioned to be the last outfielder to gain a spot in the Starters Election.

Freeman (406,283) has arguably been the NL’s most productive player over the past four weeks, but he currently sits behind the Pirates’ Josh Bell (621,915) and the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo (461,210).

Swanson (286,802) holds a slight advantage over the Dodgers’ Corey Seager (257,085) and the Rockies’ Trevor Story (243,550), but he is nearly 600,000 votes behind the Cubs’ Javy Baez (861,496).

Likewise, McCann (269,963) has a slight lead over the Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto (206,442) and the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (202,401). But the Braves’ seven-time All-Star is nearly 600,000 votes behind the Cubs’ Willson Contreras (850,613).

The 90th Midsummer Classic, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.