Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pujols, Brewers dominate early All-Star voting

St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols is among the leaders in the first National League balloting update for the 80th All-Star Game, which will be played on July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. His Cardinals' teammate, catcher Yadier Molina is also among the leaders.

A seven-time All-Star and a two-time MVP, Pujols leads all vote-getters with 842,058 votes.

Milwaukee was well represented after the first round of balloting updates, as two Brewers, outfielder Ryan Braun and shortstop J.J. Hardy, led at their respective positions, while six of their teammates were second in the voting.

Other leaders include Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who was the NL's top vote-getter for last year's event, and New York third baseman David Wright. The other leading outfielders were Chicago's Alfonso Soriano and New York's Carlos Beltran.

Curiously, Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez, who is tied for the league lead with 17 home runs and tops the NL with 43 RBI in addition to hitting .345, was sixth in the voting. Also Los Angeles' Manny Ramirez, who is currently serving a 50-game suspension for his involvement with performance enhancing drugs, is fourth in the voting.

An American League balloting update will be released on Wednesday.

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