Its almost time for the mid-summer classic in baseball. Major League Baseball’s All-Star game is just over a month away. The game will be played on July 15 and will be hosted by the Minnesota Twins.
With the game just over a month away, the first ballot for the National League representatives has just been released, and according to MLB.com, there are Dodgers all over the top of the ballot. Most notably is first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who leads all NL first baseman with 349,762 votes, just ahead Freddie Freeman (Braves) and Justin Morneau (Rockies).
Gonzalez this season has been the steady rock in the Dodgers lineup. Providing them with leadership and a great clubhouse presence, Gonzalez has hit for an average of .273 this season and leads the team with 12 home runs to go along with his 36 RBIs.
What most might believe to be a misprint besides the Dodger faithful, is second baseman Dee Gordon. The speedy second baseman is second in votes for second baseman behind only Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies. Gordon has had a breakout season this year, hitting .283 and leading the major leagues in stolen bases with an incredible 30 bags.
And of course there is Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig, who finds himself in fifth in outfield vote-getters. It may come as a surprise to see Puig so far down in the vote, but remember it’s only the first ballot. If Puig keeps his hot streak going and makes a couple more web gems, he should have no problem finding himself in the National League starting lineup come July 15.
Some other notable Dodger names that have appeared on the National League ballot are Juan Uribe who is currently in fourth place in third baseman voting with 270,425 votes, Hanley Ramirez, who is also in fourth place in shortstop vote getting with 206,866 votes, and our old friend Matt Kemp, who has a ways to go to get some consideration for an All-Star appearance has found himself in 15th place in vote getting for outfielders with 162,681 votes.
It is still early in the voting process, so we encourage all Dodger fans to get out there and vote to help send our Dodgers to Minnesota. Voting will end on July 3rd.
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