CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kristopher Bryant maintained his positional lead and Jason Heyward was third among outfielders in the latest National League All-Star fan balloting, released on Monday. The 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard will be played on July 11 in Miami.Bryant has received 1,603,326 votes, while two-time
CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kristopher Bryant maintained his positional lead and Jason Heyward was third among outfielders in the latest National League All-Star fan balloting, released on Monday. The 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard will be played on July 11 in Miami.
Bryant has received 1,603,326 votes, while two-time All-Star Nolan Arenado of the Rockies is a close second with 1,300,612 votes. Bryant was batting .264 with 15 home runs, 28 RBIs and 14 doubles. Arenado had quite the Sunday when he hit for the cycle, finishing with a three-run, walk-off homer.
Bryant is bidding for his second consecutive fan-elected start, while Arenado is trying to become the first Rockies third baseman to earn a fan election.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo remained second to the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman has received 1,404,251 votes, while Rizzo has 1,247,219. Rizzo is vying for his fourth career All-Star selection (2014-16) and second straight fan-elected start.
Heyward (973,333 votes) is third among NL outfielders behind the Nationals' Bryce Harper and the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon. Benjamin Zobrist is fourth (887,804), followed by the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna (871,393); the Braves' Matt Kemp (835,324); the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (823,558); and Cubs teammate Kyle Schwarber (775,212). The six outfielders are separated by less than 200,000 votes.
Javier Baez is second to the Nationals' Daniel Murphy in the second-base race, Willson Contreras is second to the Giants' Buster Posey among catchers, and Addison Russell is third at shortstop behind the Reds' Zack Cozart and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.
The Cubs made All-Star history last year by becoming the second team to have its entire infield to start an All-Star Game as Rizzo, Zobrist, Russell and Bryant were elected to the NL team. The only other team to accomplish that feat was the 1963 Cardinals.
This is the first time Schwarber, Baez and Contreras have been included on the All-Star ballot.
How many players from the defending World Series champs will make it this time? Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.