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Nobody has bigger ASG vote lead than this Cub

Contreras way out front at catcher; Baez leads at shortstop
@MannyOnMLB
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. The first update of the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot was released for the National League on Tuesday. The leaderboards are

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.

The first update of the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot was released for the National League on Tuesday. The leaderboards are dotted with several Cubs, including two who are leading at their respective positions.

VOTE NOW: Google MLB All-Star Ballot

Javier Baez, who was the starting second baseman for the NL squad last year in Washington, leads all NL shortstops with 861,496 votes, the third-highest vote total for any NL player. And Willson Contreras leads all NL catchers with 850,613 votes. In fact, no player holds a larger lead at any position -- in either league.

"I saw the results that came out, and it made me very happy that I had the support of all the fans out there, not just Cubs fans but fans from around baseball," Contreras said through an interpreter. "I've been really happy with what I've done so far this season, and I know there's a lot more work to do, and this could possibly be my second start as an All-Star, and it's really exciting. But there's a ways to go before we get there."

Contreras entered Tuesday's game against the Rockies at Coors Field hitting .283/.387/.540 with 13 home runs in what is shaping up to be the best season of his career to this point. The 27-year-old backstop also started last year's Midsummer Classic behind the plate at Nationals Park. Baez entered Tuesday slashing .298/.338/.570 with 16 homers.

Other Cubs making the top three at their respective positions (top nine for outfielders) are first baseman Anthony Rizzo (second behind the Pirates' Josh Bell with 461,210 votes), third baseman Kris Bryant (second behind the Rockies' Nolan Arenado with 404,855) and outfielders Albert Almora (fifth place, 294,445), Jason Heyward (seventh place, 270,745) and Kyle Schwarber (eighth place, 252,557).

Complete vote totals

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 3 p.m. CT on Friday, June 21.

The top three vote-getters at each position (including nine outfielders) per league will move on to "The Starters Election," which begins at 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday, June 26. The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting window that ends at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 27. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled on ESPN that night at 6 CT. The pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 4:30 p.m. CT.

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.

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.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.