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ESPN's National League All-Stars

7/2/2011 - MLB

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.

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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.

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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.

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SECOND BASE: Rickie Weeks, Brewers

Weeks has matched his offensive output in 2010, plus the numbers indicate an improvement on defense.

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THIRD BASE: Placido Polanco, Phillies

Overall, Polanco isn't an All-Star-worthy player, but he's picked only because he happens to play the weakest position in either league.

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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.

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OUTFIELD: Matt Kemp, Dodgers

Kemp came close to a 30-30 season in 2009 (30 HRs, 30 steals), but he should get it easily this year. Why? He already has a 20-20.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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