May 31, 2011 7:57 PM by Jordan Mason
Nine-time National League All-Star Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, who led the National
League in All-Star voting in 2010, is the N.L.'s leading vote-getter in the first N.L. balloting figures for the 82nd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field.
Pujols, a three-time N.L. MVP and five-time fan-elected starter, has started at first base in each of the previous two Midsummer Classics, and has received 988,784 votes, ahead of the N.L.'s reigning MVP, Joey Votto (806,346) of the Cincinnati Reds. Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies leads the way at shortstop, ranking second overall in the N.L. with 975,777 votes. Tulowitzki, who was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2010, ranks ahead of Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (454,782). At second base, Brandon Phillips (837,778) of the Reds, who is seeking his second All-Star selection and first as a starter, ranks ahead of Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks (562,071). Rounding out the infield at third base is Placido Polanco (724,724) of the
Philadelphia Phillies, who holds a lead over Atlanta's Chipper Jones (540,168). Behind the plate, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (785,314) leads 2010 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Brian McCann (633,987) of the Braves.
The N.L. outfield is led by Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who has totaled 971,809 votes, slightly behind Pujols and Tulowitzki for the N.L. lead. Braun, who has started in the N.L. outfield in each of the last three seasons, is joined by Cardinals teammates Matt Holliday (927,778) and Lance Berkman (872,434), who rank second and third among outfielders, respectively. Holliday, a four-time All-Star, is seeking his first All-Star start while Berkman, the N.L. starting first baseman at the 2008 Midsummer Classic, has represented the N.L. five times during his career. Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a fan-elected starter in 2010, ranks fourth among outfielders with 776,971 votes, followed by his teammate Matt Kemp (549,215) and Jason Heyward (484,291) of the Braves. MLB All-Star FanFest official spokesperson and 2009 N.L. All-Star Justin
Upton of the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks currently ranks 10th among outfielders with 338,487 votes.