SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathan Lucroy continues to move up in voting on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Ballot, now ranking fifth among National League catchers, while Brewers teammate Ryan Braun is fifth among outfielders in the most recent update released Wednesday.With 434,029 votes, Lucroy trails Yadier Molina (Cardinals) -- who
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathan Lucroy continues to move up in voting on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Ballot, now ranking fifth among National League catchers, while Brewers teammate Ryan Braun is fifth among outfielders in the most recent update released Wednesday.
With 434,029 votes, Lucroy trails Yadier Molina (Cardinals) -- who leads with 933,300 and is followed by Buster Posey (Giants), Wilson Ramos (Nationals) and Miguel Montero (Cubs) -- in the voting despite going into the day leading all NL catchers in batting average (.307), hits (67) and slugging percentage (.528).
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The 30-year-old Lucroy, who hit his 10th home run of the season off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday, was also an All-Star in 2014.
Braun is a six-time All-Star who has been the subject of trade rumors for more than a month. With 845,093 votes, he trails the Cubs' Dexter Fowler (1,611,833), the Nationals' Bryce Harper (1,451,270), the Mets' Yoenis Cespedes (1,395,577) and the Cubs' Jason Heyward (993,073).
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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.
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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Francisco.