Arenado Extends Lead in All-Star Voting; Blackmon, Story Gaining Momentum

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Nolan Arenado of the Rockies has extended his edge of second--place Kris Bryant of the Cubs to more than 600,000 votes in the MLB All-Star voting totals announced on Monday. Trevor Story is less than 40,000 behind the Dodgers Cory Seager for the third spot at shortstop, and outfielder Charlie Blackmon sits No. 9 among outfielders.

The top three vote-getters at each position other than the outfield advance to the voting finals. The top nine finishers in the fan voting in the outfield advance.

Arenado has received 1,475,825 votes compared to Bryant's 850,758. Atlanta's Josh Donaldson (550,947) passed the Dodgers' Justin Turner (512,237) for the No. 3 slot with Anthony Rendon (378,781) in fifth.

Blackmon has received 530,342, a narrow edge over 10th place Bryce Harper (498,100) of the Phillies, who is a six-time All-Star selection. Cody Bellinger (2,184,251) of the Dodgers and Christian Yelich (2,065,382) of the Brewers have opened a large voting gap between themselves and other players.

Story (457,159) is closing in on the injured Seager (494,546) for third place at the shortstop, behind Javier Báez of the Cubs (1,672,062) and Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson (764,663).

Yasmani Grandal (513,412) of the Brewers moved from fifth place to third place among catchers in the last week, jumping ahead of Yadier Molina of the Cardinals (375,690) and Philadelphia’s J.T. Realmuto (438,390). He joined Wilson Contreras (1,555,490) of the Cubs, and Brian McCann (725,484) of the Braves in the top three.

A trio of second basemen – including Kiké Hernández of the Dodgers (455,704), César Hernández of the Phillies (424,379) and Daniel Descalso of the Cubs (410,122) – are trying to track down Ketel Marte of the Arizona Diamondbacks (554,524) for third place at the position behind Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies (1,011,132) and Milwaukee’s Mike Moustakas (966,391).

At first base, Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1,106,186), Freddie Freeman of the Braves (1,022,535) and Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (948,047) remain on pace to advance to the Starters Election ahead of Max Muncy of the Dodgers (446,704) and rookie Pete Alonso of the New York Mets (319,256).

The voting period for “The Primary” concludes Friday at 2:00 p.m. MT. Later that evening, during the MLB Network Showcase telecast of the New York Yankees hosting the Houston Astros, the top three vote-getters at each position (and the top nine outfielders) in each League will be revealed, and they will move on to the second phase of voting. During the initial voting period, fans can submit up to five ballots per 24-hour period on MLB platforms, and can vote for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day on Google.

“The Starters Election” will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, June 26th, with fans voting among the finalists at each position during a 28-hour window that at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, June 27th. Results of “The Starters Election” will be announced at 7:00 p.m. (ET) that night on ESPN on “Google MLB All-Star Election Night.” During this second phase of voting, in which fans can vote once on MLB platforms and submit up to 17 unique player votes on Google, vote totals will reset (i.e., vote totals from “The Primary” do not carry over) and the winner at each position (including three outfielders per League) will be named a starting position player for the 2019 Midsummer Classic.

Dave Roberts of the defending NL Champion Dodgers will manage the NL All-Star team for the second consecutive year.

While fans will elect the starting lineup , the pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 24 for the NL and 23 for the AL – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. The balance of the All-Star rosters will be announced on Sunday, June 30th at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during the “Google MLB All-Star Selection Show.”