Puig maintains lead in All-Star outfield race
Adrian, Dee, Hanley seeking boost before voting ends on July 3
KANSAS CITY -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig continues to hold a narrow lead over Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen as the leading vote-getter among National League outfielders in the fifth All-Star balloting update released on Monday.
Puig has 2,468,376 votes compared with 2,461,722 for McCutchen. The flashy Puig, appearing on the ballot this year for the first time in his career, went into Monday's game hitting .317 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs. He was NL Player of the Month for May.
No other Dodger leads the voting at his position, but Adrian Gonzalez is second among first basemen with 1,239,509 votes, well behind Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt by more than 700,000 votes.
Dee Gordon, like Puig, on the ballot for the first time, is third in voting for second basemen with 1,129,759 votes, trailing runaway leader Chase Utley of Philadelphia and fewer than 200,000 votes behind runner-up Neil Walker of the Pirates. Entering Monday, Gordon was leading the Major Leagues with 39 stolen bases and tied for the lead with eight triples. He also has been playing a spectacular second base in his first season at the position.
At shortstop, Hanley Ramirez checks in fifth. The Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki is the dominant leader at the position, with nearly 3.3 million votes, more than any NL player at any position. The Brewers' Jean Segura and the Giants' Brandon Crawford follow Tulowitzki in the voting. Ramirez had driven in 44 runs in 72 games going into Monday play.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.