Yadi, Cardinals seeking late All-Star boost
Molina continues to lead NL catchers with voting ending Thursday
Barring a late surge, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is well on his way to being selected to his sixth straight All-Star Game.
Molina (3,100,939) remains in first among National League catchers ahead of Brewers backstop Jonathan Lucroy (2,636,640). Lucroy has closed the gap on Molina since the Brewers released their #LockInLuc campaign video in late June, but has work remaining to unseat Molina with voting ending Thursday.
Molina, who has started three All-Star Games, entered Tuesday hitting .280 with seven home runs. The six-time Gold Glove catcher has also thrown out a league-best 50 percent of baserunners (17-for-34) attempting to steal on him. He remains the Cardinals' best chance at having an All-Star starter for a sixth consecutive season, which would extend the longest active streak in the National League.
While Molina leads the way at catcher, other Cardinals need a quick push before Thursday to have a chance to be selected by the fan vote.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta (1,072,023) sits in fourth at shortstop, well behind Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (3,997,477), who leads all NL players in voting. Matt Carpenter (1,323,021) is fourth among third basemen in a relatively close battle where the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez (1,790,777) leads the position.
Matt Adams is fifth among first baseman with 1,323,087 votes, trailing the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt (2,582,955). Two Cardinals outfielders, Matt Holliday and Allen Craig, currently sit in 12th and 13th among NL outfielders. The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (3,173,810), Brewers' Carlos Gomez (3,169,748) and Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (3,001,907) lead the way at that position.
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 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 . Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette 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 National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN, 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 .
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.