ESPN's National League All-Stars
In advance of the All-Star Game selections on Sunday, ESPN.com surveyed 27 of ESPN's top baseball minds to find out which National League players should start in the 82nd Midsummer Classic on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix. 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
McCann gets our nod for the third straight year, and it's not even close; he leads MLB catchers in about every major offensive category.
FIRST BASE: Prince Fielder, Brewers
It's tough to reign supreme at first base in either league, but Prince has been the king, topping all first basemen in OPS, slugging and HRs.
THIRD BASE: Placido Polanco, Phillies
SHORTSTOP: Jose Reyes, Mets
Carl Crawford money? Reyes is on pace to rake in more. Of his first-half stats, the most eye-popping stat might be this: 15 triples.
OUTFIELD: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OUTFIELD: Ryan Braun, Brewers
Defensive metrics haven't been kind to Braun, but no one can take issue with how he swings the bat, which is why he's a perennial All-Star.
OUTFIELD: Lance Berkman, Cardinals
Berkman's return to All-Star status, at 35, has been one of the best stories of the first half. He's found new life in the Cardinals' lineup.
DESIGNATED HITTER: Joey Votto, Reds
The NL DH honor typically goes to the best first baseman other than the starter, and Votto has been that man for the past two years.
STARTING PITCHER: Roy Halladay, Phillies
One of the Phillies had to be picked as the All-Star starter, and it might as well be Halladay, the NL leader in ERA, innings and K/BB ratio.
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82ND MLB ALL-STAR GAME
The 2011 Midsummer Classic will take place on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Go to ESPN.com's All-Star Game home page for complete coverage.
ESPN'S ALL-STAR VOTERSMatthew Berry, Steve Berthiaume, Jim Bowden, Jim Caple, Tristan Cockcroft, Jerry Crasnick, Richard Durrett, Gordon Edes, Pedro Gomez, Tony Jackson, Christina Kahrl, Eric Karabell, Tim Kurkjian, AJ Mass, Matt Meyers, Buster Olney, James Quintong, Doug Padilla, Peter Pascarelli, Karl Ravech, Nate Ravitz, Brendan Roberts, Enrique Rojas, Mark Saxon, David Schoenfield, Dan Shulman, Jayson Stark.
ESPN'S NATIONAL LEAGUE VOTING RESULTS
Starters are listed in bold.
|Brian McCann, Atlanta (25)|
|Yadier Molina, St. Louis (1)|
|Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia (1)|
|Prince Fielder, Milwaukee (24)|
|Joey Votto, Cincinnati (3)|
|Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee (16)|
|Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati (10)|
|Danny Espinosa, Washington (1)|
|Placido Polanco, Philadelphia (12)|
|Chipper Jones, Atlanta (7)|
|Chase Headley, San Diego (3)|
|Aramis Ramirez, Chicago (2)|
|Ryan Roberts, Arizona (2)|
|Ryan Zimmerman, Washington (1)|
|Jose Reyes, NY Mets (27)|
|Ryan Braun, Milwaukee (27)|
|Matt Kemp, LA Dodgers (27)|
|*Lance Berkman, St. Louis (9)|
|Justin Upton, Arizona (9)|
|Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh (4)|
|Jay Bruce, Cincinnati (2)|
|Matt Holliday, St. Louis (1)|
|Hunter Pence, Houston (1)||* -- Named starter over Upton using DH voting (Berkman 4, Upton 2) as a tiebreaker|
|Joey Votto, Cincinnati (14)|
|Lance Berkman, St. Louis (4)|
|Ryan Howard, Philadelphia (3)|
|Prince Fielder, Milwaukee (2)|
|Justin Upton, Arizona (2)|
|Matt Holliday, St. Louis (1)|
|Gaby Sanchez, Florida (1)|
|Roy Halladay, Philadelphia (23)|
|Cole Hamels, Philadelphia (2)|
|Cliff Lee, Philadelphia (2)|
|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.|