The first All-Star vote tallies for the American League are out today, and as often is the case in the early (and late) voting, the Yankees are dominating. Six of their players are in the lead at their position: Mark Teixeira (first base), Robinson Cano (second base), Derek Jeter (shortstop), Russell Martin (catcher), and Curtis Granderson (outfield).
Granderson is second in the outfield behind the overall leading vote-getter (and rightly so), Toronto’s Jose Bautista, who has 1,261,659 votes.
The other leaders are Michael Young of the Rangers at designated hitter, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers for the third outfield berth.
Ichiro is showing he still has star appeal despite a sub-par season. He is a close fourth in the outfield voting with 674,406, which puts him 73,834 votes behind Hamilton. There’s still a long way to go before balloting closes on June 30. The 34-player teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 3 on a national broadcast on TBS — all except the final player in each league, selected via the “Final Vote” on-line and on mobile phones.
Ichiro figures to be in danger of missing the All-Star team for the first time since joining the Mariners in 2001. He began today hitting just .272, but he has proven over the years to be a huge favorite in fan balloting, which includes international voting.
Besides the starting position players selected by fans, the pitchers and reserves for both squads are determined through a combination of player balloting, and selections by the two All-Star managers, Bruce Bochy of the Giants for the National League and Ron Washington of the Rangers for the American League, in conjunction with MLB.
Every team has to be represented. The Mariners strongest candidates, as of today, are starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda. Strong cases could also be made for David Pauley, who leads the league in relief innings and has a 4-0 record with a 0.84 ERA, and, yes, Brandon League, who leads the league in saves and, if you take out that one horrible week, has been brilliant the rest of the time.
Here are the voting totals released today by MLB:
Russell Martin, Yankees: 843,459
Joe Mauer, Twins: 593,949
Alex Avila, Tigers: 407,463
Carlos Santana, Indians: 395,892
Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 337,737
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 827,247
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 685,262
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 657,594
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 278,055
Adam Lind, Blue Jays: 256,782
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1,185,952
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 586,361
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 502,012
Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 384,004
Ben Zobrist, Rays: 352,904
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 945,127
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 755,551
Evan Longoria, Rays: 588,463
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 491,422
Maicer Izturis, Angels: 199,423
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 931,410
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 672,105
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 560,309
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays: 320,874
Erick Aybar, Angels: 215,991
Michael Young, Rangers: 646,979
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 618,609
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 414,733
Travis Hafner, Indians: 407,334
Johnny Damon, Rays: 353,340
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 1,261,659
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 994,315
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 748,240
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 674,406
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 514,006
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 494,721
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 465,984
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 457,185
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 440,626
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 407,517
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 370,989
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 366,575
Sam Fuld, Rays: 310,520
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 307,684
B.J. Upton, Rays: 277,173