2022 All-Star Ballot Phase 1 first ranking update


2022 All-Star Ballot Phase 1 first ranking update

The races to decide who will advance in Stage 2 of the Fan Vote for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard are taking shape.

The first round of voting will determine two of the All-Star starters — the top vote winners in each league — and which players will advance to the final round of fan voting for the All-Star game, which will be held July 19 at Dodger Stadium.

Fans can fill out a 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star ballot up to five times within a 24-hour period until Phase 1 voting ends at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 30. You can vote exclusively on MLB.com for all 30 MLB club sites and on the MLB app.

The leading vote collector in the American League and National League after Phase 1 earns a spot on their All-Star team’s starting roster. Apart from these two players, the top two vote winners in each position and the top six outfield players will advance to the finals of the voting. If an outfielder is the leading vote collector in a league, only the next four outfield finalists will advance into Stage 2 to determine who starts in the two remaining spots.

Right now, the leading vote winners are Yankees slugger Aaron Judge in the AL (1,512,368 votes) and Dodgers star Mookie Betts in the NL (1,446,050 votes).

Here’s a look at the current All-Star returns, position by position, for AL and NL.

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays: 947,045 votes
2. Ty France, seafarers: 596,030
3. Anthony Rizzo, Yankees: 445,683
4. Luis Arraez, Gemini: 307,442
5. Yuli Gurriel, Astros: 204,164
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The Blue Jays have someone in the top three in every position on the ballot except DH, and Vlad Jr. is the first of four Toronto players who would be in line to start the All-Star Game if voting ended today. France are looking for their first All-Star nod, and Rizzo could make the AL team for the first time after three All-Star seasons with the Cubs.

1. Jose Altuve, Astros: 710.708
2. Santiago Espinal, Blue Jay: 522,154
3. Andrés Giménez, Warden: 514,982
4. Gleyber Torres, Yankees: 379,095
5. Trevor Story, Red Sox: 320,262
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Altuve (12 homers, 144 OPS+) could make his eighth team All-Star with the Astros, but Giménez (.302 batting average, 140 OPS+) and the versatile Espinal aren’t too far behind when looking for their first team All-Star Looking for. Star nods. Keep an eye on Story in his new position with the Red Sox.

1. Rafael Devers, Red Sox: 727,669
2. José Ramírez, Guardian: 711,367
3. Matt Chapman, Blue Jays: 406,182
4. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees: 281,955
5. Alex Bregman, Astros: 245,911
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This is a close race between two of the top hitters in the AL this season, with Devers and Ramírez separated by just over 16,000 votes. Devers is batting .330 with 16 homers and leading the major leagues in hits with 89. Ramírez hits .305 with 16 homers and an AL-leading 62 RBIs.

1. Bo Bichette, Blue Jay: 585,744
2. Tim Anderson, White Sox: 528,278
3. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 525,202
4. Jeremy Pena, Astros: 271,640
5. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Yankees: 187,755
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The AL shortstop race is wide open, with the top three separated by just 2% of the vote (Bichette has 19%, Anderson and Bogaerts have 17% each). Bichette, Anderson and Bogaerts all made up the 2021 All-Star team, with Bogaerts starting out.

1. Aaron Richter, Yankees: 1,512,368
2. Mike Trout, Angel: 1,295,854
3. George Springer, Blue Jays: 622,063
4. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees: 504,537
5. Taylor Ward, Engel: 497,361
6. Byron Buxton, Gemini: 403,050
7. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays: 381,591
8. Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays: 374,226
9.Michael Brantley, Astros: 287,284
10. Kyle Tucker, Astros: 251,948
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It’s no surprise to see Judge and his 25 MLB-leading homers at the top of the AL outfield poll – he’s currently the overall leading voter on the entire poll with more than 1.5 million votes. It’s also no surprise to see Trout looking for his 10th All-Star nod right behind him. There are also some interesting names further down the ballot, like Trout’s breakout teammate Ward (180 OPS+) and the red-hot Buxton (19 homers) looking to make his first all-star team.

1. Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays: 1,057,008
2. Jose Trevino, Yankees: 387,983
3. Salvador Perez, Royals: 266,604
4. Martin Maldonado, Astros: 231,005
5. Christian Vazquez, Red Sox: 199,010
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Kirk is a fun name to see at the top of the AL catcher poll — and he has 35% of the vote over Trevino’s 13%, the widest margin of any All-Star nominee. The fan favorite has also earned its place. Kirk leads all catchers with a .307 batting average and AL catchers with 2.2 fWAR.

1. Jordan Alvarez, Astros: 835,669
2. Shohei Ohtani, Angel: 555,056
3.JD Martinez, Red Sox: 307,706
4. Danny Jansen, Blue Jays: 297,484
5. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 248,312
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Alvarez leads two-time star Ohtani thanks to his elite slugger – the Astros DH hitting .311 with 18 homers and 1.026 OPS. Ohtani has 13 homers, seven stolen bases and 37 RBIs while Martinez is hitting .335 in third with 23 doubles. It’s also cool to see Miggy’s name pop up in the top 5 in the big leagues in his 20th season.

1. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals: 930,441 votes
2. Pete Alonso, Mets: 602,321
3. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers: 469,197
4. Matt Olson, Braves: 403,514
5. Eric Hosmer, Padres, 147.019
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Goldschmidt won six straight All-Star selections with the D-Backs from 2013-2018, but he’s still looking for his first nod as a member of the Cardinals. He’s on track to make it this year as he leads the NL on average (.339) and on base (.417) and is second in the NL with a .614 slugging percentage. He leads Alonso, the NL leader in home runs (19) and the MLB leader in RBIs (64), with Freeman and Olson, the man who replaced him at first base in Atlanta, in a close race for the top 3

1. Jazz Chisholm Jr., Marlin: 634,762
2. Ozzie Albies, Braves: 589,804
3.Jeff McNeil, Mets: 580,257
4. Gavin Lux, Dodgers: 256,411
5. Nolan Gorman, Cardinals: 214,383
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Chisholm is one of the breakout stars of 2022, producing 13 home runs, 11 steals and 131 OPS+. He is vying for his first career All-Star selection and has a slight vocal lead over Albies, who recently went down with a broken foot, and McNeil, who had a strong bounce-back season for the Mets and clocked four .327s hit home runs and a 143 OPS+.

1. Manny Machado, Padres: 969,582
2. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals: 581,363
3.Austin Riley, Braves: 557,220
4. Justin Turner, Dodgers: 254,057
5. Eduardo Escobar, Mets: 234,079
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Machado and Arenado are no strangers to All-Star Games, with 11 selections between them and Arenado, who started for the NL a year ago. Machado left Sunday’s game with a left ankle problem but he appears to have avoided a serious injury, which is certainly good news for the Padres. The 29-year-old slashed .328/.400/.545 in his first 66 games with 12 home runs. Just behind Arenado (13 homers, 141 OPS+) is Riley, who followed up on last year’s breakout with a stellar start to 2022 (18 homers, 127 OPS+) while seeking his first All-Star nod.

1. Trea Turner, Dodgers: 811,839
2. Dansby Swanson, Braves: 599,251
3. Francisco Lindor, Mets: 521,489
4. Tommy Edman, Cardinals: 277,699
5. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres: 165,074
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With Tatis, last year’s starting shortstop for the NL All-Star Team, standing on the shelf with a broken left wrist, we could have a first-time starter at a shortstop in the NL this year. Turner, who hit .301 in 65 games with nine homers and 14 steals, is the current leader, followed by two NL East shortstops in Swanson and Lindor.

1. Mookie Betts, Dodgers: 1,446,050
2. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves: 1,398,563
3. Joc Pederson, Giants: 630,584
4. Starling Marte, Mets: 469,344
5. Juan Soto, Nationals: 451,079
6. Adam Duvall, Braves: 332,387
7. Mark Canha, Mets: 320,910
8. Marcell Ozuna, Braves: 303,945
9. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers: 301.121
10. Harrison Bader, Cardinals: 256,126
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Betts is the leading vote collector in the NL with nearly 1.5 million votes, which would seed him for his sixth All-Star game in the past seven seasons. But he’s hot on his heels with Acuña, who didn’t miss a beat after his return to the defending World Series champion in late April. Elsewhere on the ballot, Pederson is looking for his first All-Star selection since his rookie season with the Dodgers in 2015, and two of the NL East-leading Mets’ new outfielders, Marte and Canha, are both fighting for a spot.

1.Wilson Contreras, boys: 801,630
2. Travis d’Arnaud, Braves: 471,921
3. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 454,685
4. Tyler Stephenson, Red: 370,453
5. Will Smith, Dodgers: 323,894
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Contreras leads all MLB catchers with 12 homers, and his .917 OPS is beaten only by his younger brother William’s .987 (William is on the All-Star list at DH and is second in the voting). The veteran Molina, who turns 40 shortly before the All-Star Game, is aiming for his eleventh career jump.

1. Bryce Harper, Phillies: 1,059,433
2. William Contreras, Braves: 584,630
3. Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 344,248
4. Max Muncy, Dodgers: 189,643
5.JD Davis, Mets: 134,569
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The reigning NL MVP leads the DH race by a wide margin and is the only NL player with more than 1 million votes, along with Betts and Acuña. Harper is batting .326 with 15 homers and 1.013 OPS this season. But what if Pujols could make it to another Midsummer Classic as the Cardinal, the team he represented in nine of his ten All-Star games?

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