Freeman, Braves seek All-Star votes
Slugger not among top five at first base in NL; Pierzynski fourth among catchers
ATLANTA -- Now that Freddie Freeman has homered in three of his past four games, he might start garnering the same level of support he received from All-Star voters the past few seasons. When the latest update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was released Tuesday afternoon, Freeman was not listed among the top five National League first basemen.
For the second straight week, veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski stood as the only Braves player who ranked among the top five at his respective position.
Pierzynski has garnered the fourth-most votes among National League catchers. Still he sits more than one million votes behind San Francisco's Buster Posey, who holds a slim lead over St. Louis' Yadier Molina.
Freeman has regularly ranked among the top five NL first basemen over the past couple of seasons. Those spots are currently occupied by Los Angeles' Adrian Gonzalez, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, Chicago's Anthony Rizzo, St. Louis' Matt Adams and San Francisco's Brandon Belt.
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Despite slumping during the latter part of May, Freeman has batted .297 with eight home runs and an .865 OPS. Goldschmidt leads NL first basemen with 15 home runs. Gonzalez and Philadelphia's Ryan Howard rank second with 10.
Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is widely regarded as the game's best defensive player and he ranks sixth among NL shortstops with a .734 OPS. But like Freeman, All-Star voters have not shown him the same level of respect he received in recent years.
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