Gennett, Suarez, Votto among voting leaders

Published 9:17 pm Monday, June 11, 2018

CINCINNATI — Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman leads all National League players in fan balloting for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
The first National League balloting update was announced earlier today on MLB Network.
The first American League update will be announced tomorrow.
The 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, which is available exclusively online and via mobile devices at, all 30 Club sites and the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, July 5 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).
Freeman, a two-time All-Star (2013-14) bidding for his first fan-elected start, has received 633,342 total votes.
The 28-year-old, who is tied for first in the NL with 85 hits and 19 doubles, is batting .340 on the season with 12 home runs, 45 RBI, a .430 on-base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage.
He would become the first Braves first baseman to earn a starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic since Fred McGriff was elected by the fans in consecutive seasons in 1995-96.
The only other Atlanta first baseman to win a fan election was Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in 1973. Freeman, who is trailed by Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs (248,275), is joined among the NL leaders by his Atlanta teammates Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis.
Albies, a 21-year-old native of Willemstad, Curaçao, has totaled 398,816 votes to outpace fellow second basemen Javier Báez of the Cubs (360,307) and Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds (309,512).
Albies, who leads the NL with 52 runs scored and is tied with Freeman for the NL lead with with 19 doubles, has 15 home runs, 36 RBI and six stolen bases on the season.
He would join Marcus Giles (2003) and Dan Uggla (2012) as the only Braves second basemen to garner a starting assignment via the fan ballot.
Markakis, who is bidding for his first career All-Star nod in his 13th big league season, would become the first Braves outfielder to draw a starting assignment since Jason Heyward in 2010.
The 34-year-old veteran, who has 2,137 career hits, is tied with Freeman for the NL lead with 85 hits while batting .327 on the season with eight home runs and 43 RBI
The seventh overall pick in the 2003 Draft (by Baltimore) has played in at least 155 games in 10 of his first 12 seasons.
Markakis has received 494,206 votes to rank second among NL outfielders, behind Washington’s Bryce Harper (498,189) and ahead of Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers (351,780).
Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies is a close fourth with 309,099 votes.
The remaining NL leaders include: third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Rockies (527,683) and San Francisco Giants teammates Brandon Crawford at shortstop (466,021) and Buster Posey at catcher (281,331). Arenado is followed by Kris Bryant of the Cubs (305,062), while Crawford is ahead of Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson (225,182).
In the NL’s closest race, Willson Contreras of the Cubs (259,427) trails Posey behind the plate, while Atlanta’s Kurt Suzuki (223,108) remains close behind.


All-Star voting
All-Star Fan Voting
Voting Released June 11
At Nationals Park, Washington
Tuesday, July 17
1. Freddie Freeman, Braves, 633,342
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs, 248,275
3. Brandon Belt, Giants, 162,750
4. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers, 113,392
5. Joey Votto, Reds, 83,272
1. Ozzie Albies, Braves, 398,816
2. Javier Baez, Cubs, 360,307
3. Scooter Gennett, Reds, 309,512
4. Asdrzbal Cabrera, Mets, 97,243
5. Joe Panik, Giants, 62,325
1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies, 527,683
2. Kris Bryant, Cubs, 305,062
3. Johan Camargo, Braves, 152,260
4. Eugenio Suarez, Reds, 87,659
5. Justin Turner, Dodgers, 87,387
1. Brandon Crawford, Giants, 466,021
2. Dansby Swanson, Braves, 225,182
3. Addison Russell, Cubs, 210,764
4. Trea Turner, Nationals, 158,252
5. Trevor Story, Rockies, 143,603
1. Buster Posey, Giants, 281,331
2. Willson Contreras, Cubs, 259,427
3. Kurt Suzuki, Braves, 223,108
4. Francisco Cervelli, Pirates, 168,832
5. Yadier Molina, Cardinals, 152,336
1. Bryce Harper, Nationals, 498,189
2. Nick Markakis, Braves, 494,206
3. Matt Kemp, Dodgers, 351,780
4. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies, 309,099
5. Ronald Acuqa Jr., Braves, 277,077
6. Ender Inciarte, Braves, 225,225
7. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs, 203,299
8. Ben Zobrist, Cubs, 196,837
9. Odzbel Herrera, Phillies, 189,234
10. Jason Heyward, Cubs, 175,583
11. Christian Yelich, Brewers, 163,575
12. Corey Dickerson, Pirates, 150,239
13. A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks, 110,055
14. Matt Adams, Nationals, 106,317
15. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers, 104,948
Voting Schedule
Tuesday, June 12th: AL Voting
Monday, June 18th: NL Voting
Tuesday, June 19th: AL Voting
Monday, June 25th: NL Voting
Tuesday, June 26th: AL Voting

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