NEW YORK -- St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is the leading vote-getter among National League players in the first balloting figures for the 2011 All-Star game.
Despite a sub-par year thus far, the 31-year-old Pujols has received 988,784 votes to put him ahead of Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, who is tops among shortstops with 975,777.
Pujols, a three-time NL MVP and five-time fan-elected All-Star starter, holds a significant lead over reigning NL MVP Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds for the top spot among first basemen. Votto has garnered 806,346 votes so far, while Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder sits third with 540,269.
Reigning Rookie of the Year Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants is leading all catchers with 785,314 votes, but he is likely done for the season following a violent collision at the plate last week. He required surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left ankle. Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves (633,987) is second in votes amongst catchers.
At second base, the Reds’ Brandon Phillips is leading with 837,778 votes, a significantly higher number of votes than the Brewers’ Rickie Weeks has received (562,071). Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who only recently began to play because of injuries, sits in third place.
The Phillies’ Placido Polanco is leading at third base with 724,724 votes, while Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves sits second with 540,168. The third spot is currently held by Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
Following Tulowitzki at shortstop is the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins (454,782) and Jose Reyes of the New York Mets (408,699).
The top three outfield spots are held by the Brewers’ Ryan Braun, and Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals. Braun has 971,809 votes, Holliday 927,778 and Berkman 872,434. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves sit in the fourth, fifth and sixth spots in voting, respectively.
The National League and American League teams will be announced on July 3. Fans will vote in nine starters for the American League and eight for the National League. The pitchers and benches for both sides, 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL, will be selected by the players and the two All-Star managers.
After the 33-player teams are announced on Sunday, fans will select the 34th player for each league’s roster in Final Vote balloting.
The game itself will take place on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.