MILWAUKEE -- Just as Eric Thames is heating up at the plate, he cooled in the latest National League All-Star balloting results.Thames, who ranked fifth among NL first basemen in the first round of vote tallies last week, had fallen out of the top five when Major League Baseball on
MILWAUKEE -- Just as Eric Thames is heating up at the plate, he cooled in the latest National League All-Star balloting results.
Thames, who ranked fifth among NL first basemen in the first round of vote tallies last week, had fallen out of the top five when Major League Baseball on Monday released the update.
Six-time All-Star Ryan Braun was the only Brewers player on the leaderboards, ranked 15th among NL outfielders, with 188,192 votes. The top three vote-getters will form the NL's starting outfield; as of Monday the leaders were Bryce Harper (1,459,235 votes), Charlie Blackmon (979,961) and Jason Heyward (498,079).
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Thames' competition at first base is led by the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, who has 670,671 votes. Antony Rizzo, Freddie Freemann, Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter fill out the top five. Thames, who homered Sunday against the Dodgers to give him 15 this season, is tied for third among NL first basemen. Thames' 1.018 OPS entering play Monday was second among NL first basemen to Zimmerman's 1.133.
The top vote-getter at catcher and each infield position and the top three in outfield voting will start for the NL.
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