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Posey in contention for All-Star Primary vote

Catcher could make seventh trip to Midsummer Classic
@mi_guardado
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. SAN FRANCISCO -- The first ballot update for the 2019 All-Star Game is in, and the Giants have only one player

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.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The first ballot update for the 2019 All-Star Game is in, and the Giants have only one player in the top 10 at any position: Buster Posey, who ranks eighth among National League catchers.

VOTE NOW: Google MLB All-Star Ballot

As of Tuesday, Posey has drawn 79,768 votes. The Cubs’ Willson Contreras leads all NL catchers with 850,613 votes.

A six-time All-Star, Posey is batting .257 with a .729 OPS and three home runs for the Giants this year. The 32-year-old veteran landed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain on June 5, but he could return as soon as Wednesday.

While pitcher selections are not determined by fans, Giants closer Will Smith is also putting together a compelling All-Star case. The 29-year-old left-hander is a perfect 14-for-14 in save opportunities with a 2.19 ERA this season.

Complete vote totals

"Smitty’s been right on every time out there," manager Bruce Bochy said. "There’s no doubt he’s going to get consideration. Somebody’s going to have to go from this club and I think he’s the one guy as much as anybody being looked at."

Fans may vote in The Primary at MLB.com and on 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.

The top three vote-getters at each position (including nine outfielders) 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.

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.

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.