Uggla leads 2B All-Star voting, Chipper 3rd at 3B (updated)

MIAMI – The Braves’ Dan Uggla had a big lead among National League second baseman in the first All-Star voting update, while Chipper Jones, playing his final season, was third among NL third basemen and not too far behind the leaders.

Six-time All-Star catcher Brian McCann and first baseman Freddie Freeman were also third at their positions in the voting update announced Tuesday by Major League Baseball, while Braves outfielders Jason  Heyward and Michael Bourn were seventh and eighth respectively among NL outfielders.

Fan voting continues at stadiums through June 22 and online at MLB.com through June 28 for the All-Star game July 11 at Kansas City.

Jones, voted or selected to seven NL All-Star teams in his career, hopes to come off the 15-day disabled list by this weekend. He had 727,719 votes, putting him within reach of the New York Mets’ David Wright (856,887) and St. Louis’ David Freese (824,801), the NL third-base leaders in votes.

“I want to get back in there and earn my fair share of votes,” said Jones, who is recovering from surgery for a hematoma above his left ankle. “I don’t want it to be given to me. I want to go out, play well and earn that spot.”

The glaring omission among Braves: left fielder Martin Prado, arguably the team’s most valuable player through the first third of the season. Prado wasn’t among the 15 leading NL outfield vote-getters, despite leading the Braves in average (.327), on-base percentage (.401) and extra-base hits (22), and ranking second on the team in slugging percentage (.482) and walks (24) before Tuesday.

Uggla was batting .263 with a .375 OBP before Tuesday, when he homered twice and drove in five runs in an 11-0 rout of his former Marlins team, giving him 10 homers and 37 RBIs.  He had 872,136 votes to put him well ahead of Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips (586,835).

Freeman, who won two of the first five NL Player of the Week awards this season before a vision problem slowed him, has 576,255 votes, trailing Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (1,314,516) and St. Louis’ Lance Berkman (634,473). Berkman is on the DL recovering from knee surgery.

McCann has made the All-Star team in all six of his full major league seasons, a franchise record. In the first voting update, his 707,508 votes put him a significantly behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina (1,100,048) and San Francisco’s Buster Posey (1,072,464).

McCann returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing a game with a knee contusion, shortly after missing nearly a week with flu symptoms.

A .276 career hitter prior to this season, McCann was batting .248 with seven homers and 28 RBIs before Tuesday. He was asked about there being more than three weeks to go before the voting is closed and whether he had time to get his stats back where they typically are.

“To get where  I need to be? Yeah,” he said. “I’m not too worried about it. I’m just going to play and see what happens.”

Updated NL voting totals will be announced each Tuesday through June.

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MaSSaHH

June 5th, 2012
1:46 pm

Bruce Chen

June 5th, 2012
1:48 pm

Where is Jack Wilson in the voting??

Kash

June 5th, 2012
1:56 pm

What about Beachy and Craig ???

Ritz

June 5th, 2012
1:57 pm

All-Star teams usually take 3 Catchers, so McCann might be able to get through this year even though he hasn’t been great.

Dan Uggla looks like a sure thing (the only one on our team really) and I’d imagine Chipper will get in on a Manager’s pick if he is healthy at the right time.

Kimbrel might be able to sneak in as well at this rate.

Teresa

June 5th, 2012
1:58 pm

I’m baffled that Prado doesn’t get the respect he deserves outside of Braves Country. Why is he continually ignored???? I know he was on the all-star team in 2010, but never ever hear his name on SportsCenter or MLB network

ACE

June 5th, 2012
2:01 pm

McCann will get voted in by the players.

tony austin

June 5th, 2012
2:09 pm

It’s not an ASG, it’s a popularity contest. That would explain Prado not being there and Heyward being there. Heyward is about as much of an all star as I am.

AZBravoFan

June 5th, 2012
2:09 pm

Kimbrel “sneak” in?? Isn’t he leading the NL in saves?

DaveinNEPA

June 5th, 2012
2:12 pm

Mccann, as good as he usually is shouldn’t be voted to start the AS game. Molina and Posey ay be leading the voting but Carlos Ruiz and his .360 BA deserves to be there.

J.O.

June 5th, 2012
2:13 pm

Pitchers aren’t voted in, the are selected (by the manager I believe, who’ll be Tony LaRussa for the NL this year)

reckingball

June 5th, 2012
2:13 pm

Any comments from the Uggla-haters contingent?
go braves!

reckingball

June 5th, 2012
2:18 pm

LaRussa retired and should not be managing the game, imo, the new guy for the redbirds should be calling the shots, for the NL stars.
Uncle Bud, wants it the other way, I suppose.

hiway61

June 5th, 2012
2:20 pm

Bourn and Prado are the only All-Stars on Braves team.

Most people consider Prado a utility player therefore gets no respect. Thats bad! Most votes are a joke because voters vote for who they like instead of the best players.

reckingball

June 5th, 2012
2:22 pm

If Kimbrel can continue to pitch like he did in the 9th, against the Nats in that last game of the series, I don’t see how they can keep him off the NL team.

hiway61

June 5th, 2012
2:24 pm

LaRussa earned the job and still one of the best..National League needs to win so let him Manage.
Reckingball I respect your opinion..just saying he earned it.

OrlandoBraveFan

June 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

Who watches sports center anymore? They hate the south and Atlanta. A bunch of northeast homers.

BravesFAN

June 5th, 2012
2:28 pm

The fact that Jason Heyward is the 7th leading vote getter for OF in the NL ahead of Michael Bourn and Martin Prado and the fact that Martin Prado wasn’t even 1 of the top 15 OF vote getters is proof enough that the All Star game shouldn’t be voted on by fans. Managers, sports writers, and GM’s should vote on who gets to go to the All Star game. Prado deserves to go to the All Star game this year and it’s a damn shame he likely won’t get to.

reckingball

June 5th, 2012
2:31 pm

Do they play the All-Star with NL rules this year, or by that other form(aka abomenation) of baseball.

TimmyP26

June 5th, 2012
2:34 pm

Went to the nats game on Memorial Day and I believe we only had 4 hits and 2 runs:
2 bourn
1 prado
1 uggla

Jason Heyward lazily ran up to a ground ball bobbled it and allowed a run to score… hope we rid ourselves of him after this year.
Prado/Bourn may not get the respect they should on a national scale but they know as Braves fans we love them. Hope they’re both forever a Brave.

reckingball

June 5th, 2012
2:35 pm

The all-star vote should be a formula of 25% fans, 25% stats, 25% players-managers-GMs, 25% myself.

done

June 5th, 2012
2:39 pm

D Lowe will be an AL All-Star

facial

June 5th, 2012
2:41 pm

@Bruce Chen “Where is Jack Wilson in the voting??”

Must be hard to see the guy who has mounted you from behind. Punk.

Bud

June 5th, 2012
2:41 pm

I sure hope the NL wins the All-Star game so Braves fan can watch some other NL team get home field advantage in WS.

Centerfield UpperDeck

June 5th, 2012
2:46 pm

Uggla deserves it and hope he makes it. Alot of players would have given up after last year’s horrible first half season. He came back like a Spartan Warrior in last year’s 2nd half and I believe the voters remember that a great deal when voting. He is doing steady work this year also.

Centerfield UpperDeck

June 5th, 2012
2:49 pm

BTW that was a real cheap shot at Jack Wilson by @Bruce Chen……………..That guy will bounce back. Players get moved around all the time. Posters that never even played HS baseball THINK they know pro baseball…………….NOT

Heisenberg

June 5th, 2012
2:52 pm

What about Beachy and Craig ???

No fan voting on pitchers. Selected by AS manager. Both are deserving. Hopefully LaRussa will be more fair the Botchy was.

Heisenberg

June 5th, 2012
3:04 pm

Although I am not a fan of this game deciding home field for WS, at least it is a more competitive game than NFL or NBA AS games. Those are unwatchable.

pj

June 5th, 2012
3:37 pm

Prado, Beachy and Kimbrel will get selected by the manager. Uggla gets voted in. Chipper gets the retirement tour honor. 5 bravos on the team.

Casey

June 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

Prado is continually ignored because he is a left fielder who doesn’t hit for power. As a second baseman, he is an All-Star. As a left fielder, he is not what you commonly look for. His offensive numbers would be acceptable for a centerfielder. But leftfielders usually hit .290 with 35 HRs and 100 RBI. Prado is not that guy, and All-Stars are relative to their positions.

Mikey

June 5th, 2012
3:50 pm

The fan voting is a popularity contest and has nothing to do with statistics or hard evidence on who deserves to be selected. The players, managers and sports writers should be involved since the game does have direct consequence on WS home field advantage.

Tom Foolery

June 5th, 2012
4:22 pm

How weak are 2nd and 1st base in the NL this year?? Very!!

Mikey

June 5th, 2012
4:40 pm

alpharetta alice

June 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

uggla isn’t half the player Brandon Phillips is…Phillips is the true all-star second baseman, not some braves clown…

Andy

June 5th, 2012
4:49 pm

@alpharetta alice I agree with you,but we still need to give uggie a little love.

Mikey

June 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

“uggla isn’t half”……based on stats, I’d say Uggla 1.25 times better…but keep on voting he is wayyyy behind!

Formul8or

June 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

Uggla>>>>Phillips by a mile

Chuck

June 5th, 2012
5:00 pm

Now that power numbers are down, it’s not uncommon for outfielders to have fewer homers. Prado’s OBP, RBIs, and versatility make him a likely choice as a backup–like Infante a few years ago. Speaking of Infante, his all-star nod a couple of years ago doesn’t seem as crazy now, eh?

MLB asg...not!

June 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

Huge Mac fan, but he’s not having an all star worthy year.
Bourn and Prado SHOULD be locks.
Heyward should decline, if elected. He’s the fourth best outfielder on the team when all aspects of his
game are considered.
Freeman? Of course.

Bob Didier

June 5th, 2012
6:23 pm

Uggla an all star? Good lord, are there no other 2B’s in the NL. He is terrible. On target for 180 K’s and 24 errors says it all. lol

Mikey

June 5th, 2012
9:32 pm

BD. Watch tonights game and maybe you will learn something

mdl

June 5th, 2012
11:00 pm

Dan Uggla for sure at second

DIT

June 6th, 2012
8:20 am

Been out of the mix for awhile. How much longer is Chipper on the DL? Thanks

2011champs

June 6th, 2012
9:05 am

Chipper is third in voting for 3rd basemen…. What a joke!!

Let's get it right

June 6th, 2012
9:11 am

And Uggla over Brandon Phillips is absolutely ridiculous. I am not a Reds fan, but he offensively and defensively far superior to Uggla. And I thought the oblect was to put the best players out there, since home field advantage in the WS is at stake. Uggla on the team, yes… Chipper and BMac on the team…. NO.

reckingball

June 6th, 2012
10:33 am

The object of the All Star game is to put on a show with the most liked players.
If the object was to put the best team on the field, the 1st team, would not be picked solely on the vote of the fans.
It is ridiculous to base the home field advantage for the WS, on the outcome of this game, under the current set up for selecting teams.
But, the games are more interesting to watch, with the WS homefield advantage on the line.

Let's get it right

June 6th, 2012
11:04 am

either way, Phillips should be there ahead of Uggla

Stats

June 12th, 2012
2:02 am

no if you look at the stats, uggla has had a better year than phillips. phillips is having a pretty lousy year (.318 obp…)

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