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VOTE NOW: Bellinger, Joc All-Star finalists

2017 NL ROY was top vote-getter in MLB during Primary
@kengurnick
June 27, 2019

With time running out in the All-Star Starters Election, many races are still too close to call, and your votes will have a huge impact as most position battles have yet to be decided. • VOTE NOW: Google MLB All-Star Starters Election Here's a look at who's leading as of

With time running out in the All-Star Starters Election, many races are still too close to call, and your votes will have a huge impact as most position battles have yet to be decided.

VOTE NOW: Google MLB All-Star Starters Election

Here's a look at who's leading as of 11:30 a.m. PT Thursday.

NL OF
1) Christian Yelich (Brewers): 22.3%
2) Cody Bellinger (Dodgers): 21.1%
3) Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves): 14.9%
4) Charlie Blackmon (Rockies): 12.6%
5) Nick Markakis (Braves): 8.1%
6) Jason Heyward (Cubs): 6.5%
7) Kyle Schwarber (Cubs): 5.4%
8) Albert Almora Jr. (Cubs): 5.1%
9) Joc Pederson (Dodgers): 4.1%

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Cody Bellinger, the leading Primary vote-getter in the Majors, and Dodgers teammate Joc Pederson are among nine outfield finalists in National League voting for the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot.

Also reaching the Starters Election for the three starting outfield spots on the NL team were Christian Yelich of the Brewers, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Nick Markakis of Atlanta, Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward of the Cubs and Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies.

The announcement was made Friday after voting ended in the Primary phase of the new voting format. Nine outfielders and three players at the infield positions in each league, plus three designated hitters in the American League, have moved on to the final round of voting.

Voters can now choose among those finalists to decide which players get to start for the AL and NL in the Midsummer Classic at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 9. Voting will run for 28 hours, ending at 1 p.m. PT on Thursday. The winners will be announced that night on Google MLB All-Star Election Night starting at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN.

All-Star pitchers and reserves will be named on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. PT, on the Google MLB All-Star Selection Show on ESPN.

The 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard will be played on Tuesday, July 9, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. It will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. During the game, fans may visit MLB.com and the 30 club sites to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Bellinger, who is having an MVP-caliber first half, edged Yelich for the most votes across all of baseball, 3,685,170 to 3,646,071. Pederson, who has hit 20 home runs despite playing almost exclusively against right-handed pitching, just made the cut at ninth. Teammate Alex Verdugo finished 11th among NL outfielders.

Bellinger was an All-Star in 2017, when he later won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Pederson was an All-Star in '15, the year he finished sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year Award voting.

Dodgers infielders Max Muncy (first base), Enrique Hernandez (second base), Corey Seager (shortstop) and Justin Turner (third base) each finished fourth at their positions. Seager was the closest of the four to reach the Starters Election, finishing 83,335 votes behind Colorado’s Trevor Story. Seager, out with a hamstring strain, won’t be ready to play in the All-Star Game.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.