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AL ASG ballot leaders unveiled

Royals' Perez leads league in votes; streaking Bogaerts of Boston ahead at short
June 1, 2016

The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot reached a key point on Tuesday as the first weekly voting update was released by Major League Baseball, beginning with the American League races. Kansas City has three leaders and the Orioles and Red Sox two each as fans continue to decide starters

The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot reached a key point on Tuesday as the first weekly voting update was released by Major League Baseball, beginning with the American League races. Kansas City has three leaders and the Orioles and Red Sox two each as fans continue to decide starters for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12 in San Diego.
Will Salvador Perez make it a fourth consecutive All-Star selection at catcher? Fans are saying "yes" so far to the 2015 World Series MVP, who had a five-hit game on May 23 and has thrown out half of would-be basestealers against him to lead the Majors. Meanwhile, a Yankees team that not long ago was a top-five ballot-update fixture has its only top-five entry in Brian McCann, who is second in the voting.
National League All-Star balloting update
Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox is sitting on a 23-game hitting streak and the AL shortstop voting lead. He leads all AL players at that position with 2.6 Wins Above Replacement, tops the AL with a .354 batting average, and has been a key to Boston's rise atop the AL East. In second place is Kansas City's Alcides Escobar, who led when the first ballot update was released last year.

Meanwhile, Eric Hosmer of the Royals has the early jump at first base in his bid for a first Midsummer Classic selection, batting .323 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs. He did not hit his 10th homer last year until July 27, but he already reached that mark with a three-run shot in the eighth inning of Monday's 6-2 win over the Rays. Right behind him is Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who is putting up his usual numbers -- leading all AL first basemen with a .922 OPS -- and contending for a seventh consecutive and 11th overall selection.
Jose Altuve of the Astros is on track for what would be a fourth All-Star selection in five years, leading all AL second basemen in average (.325), OPS (.957), hits (67), doubles (18), walks (26) and stolen bases (AL-best 15). It is going to be fascinating to watch this race, though. Omar Infante of Kansas City (.244/.288/.331) is currently second, while Robinson Cano of Seattle, a six-time All-Star, has been resurgent and leads all AL second basemen with 15 homers and 44 RBIs.
The Orioles' Manny Machado, who just made his 500th start (and MLB-leading 211th in a row) on Monday, is in line for his first All-Star start after being selected as a reserve in 2013 and '15. Machado was the AL Player of the Month for April and continued to excel with the league's third-best OPS (.998). Last year's All-Star starter, Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays, is in third, with Mike Moustakas of Kansas City -- who is out for the season with a torn ACL -- between them. No AL third baseman has more homers or RBIs than Todd Frazier of the White Sox (15 and 35, respectively), so it will be interesting to see his support numbers over the next month.
David Ortiz of the Red Sox leads all designated hitters, and this is hardly a sentimental final-season choice so far. The nine-time All-Star leads the Majors at age 40 with 23 doubles, 47 RBIs, a .419 on-base percentage, a .727 slugging percentage, a 1.146 OPS and 125 total bases.
Last year's starting AL outfield was Mike Trout of the Angels (All-Star MVP two times running), Lorenzo Cain of the Royals and an Oriole, Adam Jones. So far it's the same makeup except for a different Oriole -- Mark Trumbo. Jackie Bradley Jr., who had a 29-game hitting streak ended last week, is fourth, and right behind him is Toronto's Jose Bautista, who is tied with Cabrera for the AL's longest active All-Star selection streak (six).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.
Fans can also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply, with a maximum of up to five messages and no purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.
Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 87th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING LEADERS
CATCHER

  1. Salvador Perez, Royals: 1,094,942
  2. Brian McCann, Yankees: 319,679
  3. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 303,500
  4. Russell Martin, Blue Jays: 217,360
  5. Blake Swihart, Red Sox: 149,694
    FIRST BASE
  6. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 871,222
  7. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 466,523
  8. Chris Davis, Orioles: 387,876
  9. Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox: 296,276
  10. Jose Abreu, White Sox: 189,963
    SECOND BASE
  11. Jose Altuve, Astros: 624,218
  12. Omar Infante, Royals: 473,205
  13. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 354,415
  14. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 339,139
  15. Jonathan Schoop, Orioles: 210,937
    THIRD BASE
  16. Manny Machado, Orioles: 630,028
  17. Mike Moustakas, Royals: 566,278
  18. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 450,585
  19. Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 253,160
  20. Travis Shaw, Red Sox: 240,730
    SHORTSTOP
  21. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 598,847
  22. Alcides Escobar, Royals: 593,218
  23. Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays: 325,949
  24. Carlos Correa, Astros: 304,997
  25. J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 226,087
    OUTFIELD
  26. Mike Trout, Angels: 934,137
  27. Lorenzo Cain, Royals: 647,339
  28. Mark Trumbo, Orioles: 641,594
  29. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox: 554,887
  30. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 551,812
  31. Alex Gordon, Royals: 540,309
  32. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 400,700
  33. Paulo Orlando, Royals: 385,997
  34. Adam Jones, Orioles: 263,579
  35. Melky Cabrera, White Sox: 248,249
  36. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 210,885
  37. Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays: 210,665
  38. Colby Rasmus, Astros: 208,105
  39. Joey Rickard, Orioles: 203,704
  40. Michael Saunders, Blue Jays: 181,692
    DESIGNATED HITTER
  41. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 963,076
  42. Kendrys Morales, Royals: 496,941
  43. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: 249,565
  44. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 241,208
  45. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 208,953

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