Braves catcher Brian McCann has made the National League All-Star team five times in his first five full seasons in the major leagues with the Braves, but he’s never been voted in as a starter.
In the first NL All-Star balloting released on Tuesday afternoon, he was trailing Giants catcher Buster Posey by about 150,000 votes and was the Brave closest to first place. Posey had 785,314 votes to McCann’s 633,987. Posey suffered a broken leg in a collision at home plate last week and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2011 season.
Even if Posey, the reigning NL rookie of the year and Leesburg, Ga. native, wins the vote, McCann will still likely make the team as a player or manager’s choice and could still start. The starter would be up to the discretion of NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy, who managed Posey and the Giants to the World Series championship last fall.
Chipper Jones was second in third-base voting behind the Phillies’ Placido Polanco with 540,168 votes to Polanco’s 724,724. Nobody else among Braves was inside of 200,000 votes of the lead. Alex Gonzalez was fourth among shortstops, Dan Uggla was fourth among second basemen, Freddie Freeman was fifth among first basemen, Jason Heyward was sixth among outfielders and Martin Prado was 15th among outfielders.