If you’re a big Chicago fan, the past few weeks of voting updates have probably been a lot of fun for you. Cubs players are dominating All-Star voting on the National League side, consistently leading in 5 of the 8 potential starting slots. Even Dexter Fowler, who had been in 2nd place for the outfield (still a starting position) behind Bryce Harper, leapt over Harper in the voting and leads all outfielders.
The question now is, will there be any surprises this week? Will someone bubbling below the surface have a sudden wave of votes to get them within striking distance of a lead? And if do, will that person be another Cub, like Jason Heyward?
Full voting can be found here. Your leaders are:
First Baseman: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Second Baseman: Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs
Third Baseman: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
Shortstop: Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs
Catcher: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Outfielders: Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs; Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals; Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
And so once again the same lineup, with very few chances of people catching up. Jason Heyward and Ryan Braun each reached 1 million votes in the outfield but still trail Cespedes by about 500,000 votes.
The one close race remains catcher. Molina has been in first each update, but second place Buster Posey has kept himself in striking distance. Molina’s lead is about a mere 75,000 votes. With everyone else comfortably ahead, catcher is the race to watch in next week’s final update. Posey could easily overtake him.