ESPN's National League All-Stars
In advance of the All-Star Game selections on Sunday, ESPN.com surveyed 32 of ESPN's top baseball minds to find out which National League players should start in the 81st Midsummer Classic on July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Following are our voting results and the choices at each position. (Stats are through Thursday's games.) Who do you think should start for the National League? Register your vote.
CATCHER: Brian McCann, Braves
For the second straight year, voters favored McCann, but barely; he outpolled Miguel Olivo, who has better numbers, by only one vote.
FIRST BASE: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
Pujols might be well short of the 30 home runs he had last year at this time, but that's no knock. He still leads the NL in OPS.
SECOND BASE: Martin Prado, Braves
Chase Utley's injury combined with Prado's outstanding first half made the Braves' second baseman, the NL's leading hitter, an easy choice.
THIRD BASE: David Wright, Mets
SHORTSTOP: Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
The voting might have been different if Troy Tulowitzki hadn't gotten hurt, but Ramirez remains one of the game's best all-around players.
OUTFIELD: Andre Ethier, Dodgers
OUTFIELD: Corey Hart, Brewers
Hart, not Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun, has been the Brewers' top slugger in 2010; he's tied for second in slugging in the NL.
OUTFIELD: Jayson Werth, Phillies
It's not easy, but Werth has managed to outslug Ryan Howard in the Phillies' lineup, and he is second among NL outfielders in OPS.
DESIGNATED HITTER: Joey Votto, Reds
How good has Votto been in 2010? Compare his numbers to those of Albert Pujols; they are eerily similar in most major categories.
STARTING PITCHER: Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies
He's looked more like a mortal in his last two starts, but only Josh Johnson has an argument against Jimenez's unbelievable numbers.
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81ST MLB ALL-STAR GAME
The 2010 Midsummer Classic will take place on July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Go to ESPN.com's All-Star Game home page for complete coverage.
ESPN'S ALL-STAR VOTERSAaron Boone, Jim Caple, Tristan Cockcroft, Jerry Crasnick, Richard Durrett, Gordon Edes, Pedro Gomez, Jason Grey, Orel Hershiser, Tony Jackson, Eric Karabell, John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian, Andrew Marchand, AJ Mass, Matt Meyers, Rob Neyer, Buster Olney, James Quintong, Peter Pascarelli, Nate Ravitz, J.P. Ricciardi, Brendan Roberts, Adam Rubin, Mark Saxon, Jon Sciambi, Buck Showalter, Dan Shulman, Mark Simon, Chris Singleton, Jayson Stark, Rick Sutcliffe.
ESPN'S NATIONAL LEAGUE VOTING RESULTS
Starters are listed in bold.
|Brian McCann, Atlanta (13)|
|Miguel Olivo, Colorado (12)|
|Yadier Molina, St. Louis (5)|
|Rod Barajas, NY Mets (1)|
|Geovany Soto, Chicago (1)|
|Albert Pujols, St. Louis (22)|
|Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego (9)|
|Joey Votto, Cincinnati (1)|
|Martin Prado, Atlanta (24)|
|Chase Utley, Philadelphia (5)|
|Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee (2)|
|Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati (1)|
|David Wright, NY Mets (25)|
|Scott Rolen, Cincinnati (6)|
|Ryan Zimmerman, Washington (1)|
|Hanley Ramirez, Florida (29)|
|Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado (3)|
|Andre Ethier, LA Dodgers (24)|
|Corey Hart, Milwaukee (16)|
|Jayson Werth, Philadelphia (16)|
|Ryan Braun, Milwaukee (13)|
|Colby Rasmus, St. Louis (9)|
|Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh (5)|
|Matt Holliday, St. Louis (4)|
|Marlon Byrd, Chicago (2)|
|Josh Willingham, Washington (2)|
|Jason Bay, NY Mets (1)|
|Adam Dunn, Washington (1)|
|Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado (1)|
|Shane Victorino, Philadelphia (1)|
|Chris Young. Arizona (1)|
|Joey Votto, Cincinnati (11)|
|Albert Pujols, St. Louis (7)|
|Adrian Gonzalez, Arizona (5)|
|Ryan Howard, Philadelphia(4)|
|Adam Dunn, Washington (2)|
|Troy Glaus, Atlanta (1)|
|Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado (29)|
|Roy Halladay, Philadelphia (2)|
|Josh Johnson, Florida (1)|
|Note: ESPN voters chose three outfielders regardless of which field they play (left, center or right). In addition, because there is no DH in the National League, the voters chose the best offensive player not selected as a starting player on their individual ballots.|