Major League Baseball issued its first update on fan voting for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday and the Atlanta Braves have three players that made the cut.
First baseman Freddie Freeman perhaps had the best shot at being voted in as the starter before suffering a broken wrist that is expected to sideline him for at least 10 weeks. Freeman was looking like an MVP candidate at the time of the injury and passing Anthony Rizzo wasn’t going to be an easy task in the first place. Freeman is currently about 165,000 votes behind Rizzo and that gap will likely get wider due to his injury.
NL First Base Voting
1. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs - 452,620
2. Ryan Zimmermann, Nationals - 359,055
3. Freddie Freeman, Braves - 286,389
Braves outfielder Matt Kemp is also off to a good start and despite being currently sixth in fan voting, he is well within striking distance of the No. 3 spot currently held by Jason Heyward.
NL Outfield Voting
1. Bryce Harper, Nationals - 900,079
2. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies - 520,479
3. Jason Heyward, Cubs - 344,166
4. Ben Zobrist, Cubs - 327,231
5. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs - 305,449
6. Matt Kemp, Braves - 284,420
Brandon Phillips currently ranks third in fan voting at second base but trails Daniel Murphy by over 500,000 votes.
NL Second Base Voting
1. Daniel Murphy, Nationals - 669,643
2. Javier Baez, Cubs - 474,119
3. Brandon Phillips, Braves - 126,404
Fans can continue to cast votes until Thursday, June 29 at MLB.com and on all 30 team sites. The 2017 All-Star Game will be held on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.