Polanco Leads NL All-Star Voting at Third Base
MLB released its first National League All-Star voting update and Placido Polanco leads among third basemen:
- Polanco 724,724
- Chipper Jones 540,168
- Pablo Sandoval 522,037
- David Wright 500,200
- Scott Rolen 370,271
Chase Utley, who has been elected a starter the previous five seasons, is third. No surprise there. He hasn’t played. Brandon Phillips (837,778) is first. Rickie Weeks (562,071) is second. Utley (561,585) is third. Jimmy Rollins (454,782) is second among shortstops, but it’s a distant second behind Troy Tulowitzki (975,777). Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are a distant fourth among first basemen and catchers, respectively. Shane Victorino (seventh) and Raul Ibanez (13th) are way behind among outfielders.
Honestly, when I think about Phillies’ All-Stars I think there are a few legitimate candidates: Polanco, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson and Ryan Howard.
It will be tough for Howard, even though he’s tied for second in the league in homers (12) and RBIs (42). Albert Pujols is leading the voting and Joey Votto and Prince Fielder are having good seasons.