Cubs quartet in thick of NL ASG voting

June 18th, 2018

CHICAGO -- Cubs catcher and second baseman are both in close races in the latest National League update for the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, released Monday.
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Baez, Contreras, first baseman and third baseman are all second at their respective positions in the latest balloting. is third among NL shortstops.
The Giants' , a five-time All-Star, is the top vote-getter among NL catchers with 686,253 votes, while Contreras has received 596,111 so far. Baez has gotten 767,417 votes, second to the Braves' (915,736). Neither Contreras nor Baez has been named to an All-Star team.
"He hasn't even taken off yet," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Contreras. "Remember last year how hot he got in the second half? That's going to happen again. You saw the pick-offs, what he does behind the plate, how he controls the running game. He's a different cat. He's going to keep getting better. He's a great athlete and runs well. It does not surprise me that he's at that juncture now with Posey."
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is the top NL vote-getter, receiving 1,433,140 votes. Rizzo, a three-time All-Star, has received 566,382.
Two-time All-Star Bryant (677,185 votes) is second to the Rockies' (1,124,563) among NL third basemen.
Russell has received 475,091 votes. The Giants' (1,120,031) leads NL shortstops and is followed by the Braves' Dansby Swanson (568,400).
Among the NL outfielders, the Cubs' is seventh (447,359 votes), is eighth (442,471) and ninth (434,943). The Braves' leads all outfielders with 1,173,653 votes.
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