Yadier fending off all comers in All-Star vote
Catcher on track for fifth start in Midsummer Classic; Carpenter needs push
DENVER -- It seems the effort to propel Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy past Yadier Molina in National League All-Star voting has made an impact -- but not enough to bump the Cardinals' backstop out of the top spot.
Lucroy has closed the gap on Molina since the Brewers released their #LockInLuc campaign video last week, moving into second past the Giants' Buster Posey with 1,911,745 votes to Molina's leading 2,600,853. Lucroy had trailed Molina by 865,345 votes at last Monday's update.
Even with the shuffling, Molina remains a safe bet to start his fifth All-Star Game behind the plate with the second-most votes in the NL behind Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (3,287,460).
Molina has showed signs of life with the bat after his prolonged slump, hitting .368 (7-for-19) with a double and home run over the past seven days. On the season, he's third on the team in hits (74) and tied for second in home runs at six with Matt Adams and Allen Craig.
After finally breaking into the top five NL third basemen last week, Matt Carpenter (1,049,607) has climbed up to No. 4. The Brewers' Aramis Ramirez (1,279,902) leads voting at the position, with the Mets' David Wright (1,260,895) on his tail.
The newest Cardinals player in the top five at his position is shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Peralta (851,613) has worked his way to fourth in the NL by batting .297 (11-for-37) with three doubles and four RBIs over the past two weeks.
Matt Holliday (1,014,863 votes) has dropped a spot among outfielders into 12th. The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (2,468,376) and the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (2,461,722) have held tight to two of the three starting positions, but the Brewers' Carlos Gomez (2,461,722) has passed the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (2,130,519) for the final spot.
Craig has also forced his way into the All-Star conversation with 788,636 votes, good for the 13th among NL outfielders.
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 10:59 p.m. CT. 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 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and NL 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.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.