Now that Buster Posey's back on the field, fans apparently want to see more of him.
Among National League catchers, Posey ranked second in fan voting for next month's All-Star Game. Posey, who missed most of last season with left leg injuries sustained in a May 25 home-plate collision, trails only St. Louis' Yadier Molina. In Tuesday's balloting update, Posey had 1,072,464 votes, only slightly behind Molina's 1,100,048.
"It's nice to be recognized by the fans," Posey said, adding that a fairly large number of catchers are thriving. But Posey never focuses too much on personal achievements. As he said, "I'm still concentrating on winning ballgames."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Posey's vote total reflects his popularity.
"Sometimes it's out of sight, out of mind," Bochy said. "But when you get the kind of votes he got, he should feel good about it."
Posey entered Tuesday batting .295 with a team-leading six home runs and 29 RBIs. His .296 batting average with runners in scoring position (16-for-54) is another club-high total.
Yet the Giant who perhaps deserves All-Star recognition the most is far behind the leaders at his position. That would be left fielder Melky Cabrera, who began Tuesday leading the NL with a .364 batting average, 82 hits, 26 multi-hit games and seven triples.
Despite these gaudy statistics, Cabrera was fifth in voting among NL outfielders with 714,642 votes. Los Angeles' Matt Kemp topped this list with 1,952,910 votes, followed by St. Louis' Carlos Beltran at 1,212,030. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (1,112,971) and Los Angeles' Andre Ethier (827,262) were third and fourth, respectively.
Pablo Sandoval was in fourth place among third basemen with 648,303 votes, trailing New York's David Wright (856,887), St. Louis' David Freese (824,801) and Atlanta's Chipper Jones (727,719).
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
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