Uggla lengthens All-Star lead; Braves-Nats rainout rescheduled

NEW YORK – Dan Uggla maintained a commanding lead in the All-Star voting for National League second basemen, but he could end up being the only Braves position player selected to play in the July 10 All-Star game at Kansas City.

Uggla had just over 2 million votes in the third weekly voting update announced Tuesday, putting him far ahead of Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips, who was second with 1,272,389 votes. The leading vote-getters at each position will be All-Star starters, while the pitching staff and reserve position players will be chosen through a combination of player ballots and the managers for the NL and AL All-Star teams.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is a leading candidate for a second consecutive All-Star selection, and starting pitcher Brandon Beachy would have been among the starters likely to make the team before he went on the disabled list this week with a partially torn elbow ligament that could require season-ending surgery.

Freddie Freeman is second in the NL first-base voting with 1,193,455. The starting first baseman is sure to be Cincinnati’s Joey Votto, whose 3.15 million votes are the second-most on the NL team behind Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (3.32 million).

Chipper Jones is third in third-base balloting with 1,547,221 votes, behind the New York Mets’ David Wright, who is just shy of 2 million votes, and San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval (1.6 million). St. Louis’ David Freese is a close fourth, only about 7,000 votes behind Jones.

Six-time All-Star catcher Brian McCann’s streak is in danger. The Braves backstop was fourth with 1.47 million votes, trailing San Francisco’s Buster Posey (2.44 million), St. Louis’ Yadier Molina (2.29 million) and Philadelphia’s Carlos Ruiz (1.75 million).

Three Braves are among the 15 leading outfield vote-getters, led by Michael Bourn (eighth with 1.2 million). Jason Heyward was 12th with about 1.05 million votes and Martin Prado was 14th with 893,995 votes.

Rainout rescheduled in D.C.

The Braves’ June 1 rained-out game at Washington will be made up as part of a split doubleheader July 21 at Nationals Park, with start times of, 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Peachtree TV will televise both games in Atlanta and Fox Sports South will carry them outside Atlanta.

21 comments Add your comment

tjhook

June 19th, 2012
8:31 pm

First, vote Bourn in (and also some consideration for Prado as well). GO BRAVES!!

kerryb

June 19th, 2012
8:32 pm

The old man can’t pick it anymore at 3rd. We need Prado there. Chipper should be DHing in this game.

tjhook

June 19th, 2012
8:34 pm

And I’m FIRST! Open question: if Prado performs well this year and the beginning of the next one,how realistic are his chances to be named an All-Star at third base

kerryb

June 19th, 2012
8:34 pm

That misplay looked like he is scared of the ball since he got hit in the leg with a line drive in Tampa.

jharber

June 19th, 2012
8:44 pm

totally lost baseball team, chipper is done all he needs is the fork stuck in.

bostonbravo

June 19th, 2012
8:50 pm

Prado yes, Bourn yes Kimbrell yes…
UGGGGGGLA??? how many relatives does he have?? He’ll be batting below Mendoza come September.

Bill

June 19th, 2012
9:05 pm

I’ve loved watching Chipper all these years. He has been my favorite player and my son’s favorite. Its a shame watching him getting old and can’t field and run anymore. Sad! I wish he would have one out strong like the real Chipper was.

DJ

June 19th, 2012
9:33 pm

Has anyone else noticed that Lance Berkman and Ryan Howard are both in the top 5 at first base?

Too much juggling

June 19th, 2012
9:44 pm

Enter your comments here

Too much juggling

June 19th, 2012
9:47 pm

the team was looking good, comfortable with Prado at 3rd, and various left fielders among which was
Jose Constanza. winning stopped when Chipper came back. Coincidence? Who knows, but facts are
facts.

kerryb

June 19th, 2012
9:54 pm

DJ
June 19th, 2012
9:33 pm

Has anyone else noticed that Lance Berkman and Ryan Howard are both in the top 5 at first base?

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That right there shows how stupid fan voting is for the All-Star game. It should be a players vote like the Pro Bowl game. Dumb fans in St Louis load up the ballots for there average players. Ryan Howard should not even be on the ballot since he has not played a game this year.

kerryb

June 19th, 2012
9:54 pm

Too much juggling
June 19th, 2012
9:47 pm

the team was looking good, comfortable with Prado at 3rd, and various left fielders among which was
Jose Constanza. winning stopped when Chipper came back. Coincidence? Who knows, but facts are
facts.

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I was thinking the same thing.

Bill

June 19th, 2012
10:14 pm

Just read MLB Braves in on talks with Padres for Carlos Quentin..?

Kat

June 19th, 2012
10:37 pm

Wish it was a true double header.. then I’d get 2 games for the price of the one I already purchased. Oh well Nationals gotta make their $.

braveslover

June 20th, 2012
9:39 am

Chipper’s tank is empty and he’s afraid at third. With 14 million in the bank he’s got to play once or twice a week and, of course, he eats up the love teams are giving him on his going away tour. Fortunately this won’t be the year he will be remembered for when voting time comes. I remember the many times he said he didn’t want to go out being a shell of who he was and not being able to contribute at a high level. Most errors in a season, lowest batting average, least amount of rbi’s and continuance of many days of the dl or taking a day off (or 10)….Chipper you hung on a year too long. Anyone thinking yet about what we can get for Bourn at the deadline?

Brave New World

June 20th, 2012
10:57 am

Chipper is a future Hall of Famer, but this team will be better off once he is gone. Prado will no longer be shuffled from 3rd to the outfield (and sometimes first) to accommodate Chipper. Chipper will have a few more big hits before the 2012 season, but his great career is coming to a close. Why not Chipper at first base every now and then? Third base is brutal at the big league leveel, and especially so for a 40 year old prone to injury.

[...] Uggla lengthens All-Star lead; Braves-Nats rainout rescheduled | Atlanta BravesDan Uggla maintained a commanding lead in the All-Star voting for National League second basemen, but he could end up being the only Braves position player selected to play in the July 10 All-Star game at Kansas City. Uggla had just over 2 million votes in the third weekly voting update announced Tuesday, putting him far ahead of Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips, who was second with 1,272,389 votes. The leading vote-getters at each position will be All-Star starters, while the pitching staff and reserve position players will be chosen through a combination of player ballots and the managers for the NL and AL All-Star teams. [...]

jdgolf

June 20th, 2012
1:26 pm

WHAT a JOE, UGGLA over PHILLIPS.. What Uggla batting 240 . Phillips is at 294, less error and way better second baseman!!! WHAT A JOKE

bball fan

June 20th, 2012
1:54 pm

I have always been a huge Chipper fan and he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. But, I’m afraid Big Hoss is through. He’s had a great career but he’s running on empty. Thanks for the memories.

Roja

June 20th, 2012
3:02 pm

After 68 games the Braves were 21-11 WITH Chipper in the lneup and 15-21 WITHOUT Chipper. So much for losing when Chipper plays!!

Roja

June 20th, 2012
3:05 pm

Loks like Hanson is trying to figure out how to lose again with Chipper ut of the lineup.

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