OAKLAND -- A surge in voting has pushed the Giants' Buster Posey past the Cardinals' Yadier Molina in fan balloting for the National League's starting catcher's spot in next month's All-Star Game at San Diego.According to the final update released by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, Posey had soared past
OAKLAND -- A surge in voting has pushed the Giants' Buster Posey past the Cardinals' Yadier Molina in fan balloting for the National League's starting catcher's spot in next month's All-Star Game at San Diego.
According to the final update released by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, Posey had soared past Molina to take a lead of approximately 107,000 votes. The Giants' backstop benefited from collecting 51.5 percent more votes than Molina.
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In the previous update, Molina (1,568,930 votes) held a slight edge on Posey (1,563,800).
Posey and Molina have combined to win each of the last four and six of the last seven fan elections as the NL's starting All-Star catcher. Seeking his second consecutive fan election and third overall -- he also won it in 2012 and 2015 -- Posey entered Wednesday batting .280 with eight home runs, 36 RBIs, 17 doubles and 45 runs scored. He also had a .344 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage.
Molina is bidding for his fifth fan election, having won in 2009-10 and 2013-14. He began Wednesday hitting .262 with a home run, 26 RBIs, 15 doubles and 26 runs scored. Those figures were garnished by a .331 on-base percentage and a .340 slugging percentage.
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