MIAMI -- Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte have a chance to represent the Pirates at the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park, as all three are among the leading vote-getters at their respective positions.Surprisingly, the first National League balloting update, released Wednesday by Major League
MIAMI -- Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte have a chance to represent the Pirates at the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park, as all three are among the leading vote-getters at their respective positions.
Surprisingly, the first National League balloting update, released Wednesday by Major League Baseball, did not include Gregory Polanco, one of the NL's best hitters for nearly one-third of the season.
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"Our guys will continue to play. Hopefully the fans will pay attention," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We have a good team. They play hard. They play the game the right way. [The fans are] going to vote for who they want to vote for. It doesn't matter what kind of lobbying the manager's going to do."
Harrison, who entered play Wednesday with the NL's fifth-highest batting average at .329, has received the fifth-most votes among NL second basemen. Harrison has tallied 163,314 votes, putting him behind the Cubs' Ben Zobrist (leading the way with 732,519 votes), the Nationals' Daniel Murphy, former Pirate Neil Walker and the Giants' Joe Panik.
Despite a slow start at the plate, McCutchen has received the most votes of any Pirate -- no surprise, given his perennial MVP-level production and status as one of the game's elite talents.
McCutchen is seventh among NL outfielders, with 306,123 votes, and three spots ahead of Marte, who has received 217,308 votes. Bryce Harper, Dexter Fowler, Yoenis Cespedes, Jason Heyward, Ryan Braun and Jorge Soler are currently ahead of McCutchen in the fan balloting, and Michael Conforto and Hunter Pence are sandwiched between McCutchen and Marte.
Polanco is not one of the NL's top 15 vote-getters in the outfield despite his continued development into a star. Polanco has been the Pirates' most dangerous hitter this season, batting .310/.386/.556 with eight home runs while leading the team with 36 RBIs and 38 runs.
Polanco's .942 OPS prior to Wednesday's game in Miami ranked ninth among all NL hitters. According to FanGraphs, Polanco has been worth 2.4 Wins Above Replacement this season, putting him behind only the Angels' Mike Trout, Fowler and the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna among all Major League outfielders.
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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.