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.