MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are hanging onto first place thanks in part to Eric Thames' recent power surge, but that has yet to translate into success at the All-Star Game ballot box. Thames was outside the top five vote-getters among National League first basemen as of Monday's update from Major
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are hanging onto first place thanks in part to Eric Thames' recent power surge, but that has yet to translate into success at the All-Star Game ballot box. Thames was outside the top five vote-getters among National League first basemen as of Monday's update from Major League Baseball.
The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman led the way with more than 1.4 million votes, followed by Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs, Freddie Freeman of the Braves and Joey Votto of the Reds.
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No Brewers player ranked among the top five at catcher or on the infield, or in the top 15 outfielders, in the latest round of results.
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Thames homered in four straight games last week, including go-ahead shots in back-to-back games at St. Louis and at home against the Padres. Entering Monday's game against the Pirates, Thames has hit six dingers in June after just three in May. Thames leads the NL with 20 home runs. As of Monday's ballot update, only Aaron Judge of the Yankees (23 home runs) and Logan Morrison of the Rays (21) had hit more baseballs over fences this season than Thames.
The top vote-getter at catcher and each infield position will start for the NL.
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.