Races begin to take shape to determine who will advance to Phase 2 of the fan vote for the MLB All-Star Game 2021 presented by Mastercard.
On Monday, Major League Baseball provided the first ranking update from Phase 1 of the voting launched on June 3, revealing the top 10 voters in each position, plus the top 15 in the outfield, in both the American League and National League.
The top three voters in each position, plus the top nine outfielders, in each league will advance to the second round of voting, which will ultimately determine the holders for this year’s All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver.
With close-quarters races in every position, you still have time to make sure your favorite players get to the next stage. Fans can cast their vote exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 club websites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps and on Google Search in the US and Canada until the end of the period Phase 1 voting at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 24.
The final results of Phase 1 will be announced Sunday, June 27, at noon ET, during the 2021 Google MLB All-Star Ballot Finalists Show on the MLB Network. Phase 2 will last four days, concluding Thursday, July 1 at 2 p.m. ET. Later that night, the starting teams will be announced at 9 p.m. ET on the Google MLB All-Star Starters Reveal 2021 on ESPN.
The first thing that comes up in the first ranking update is the number of new faces that are leading their positions. Mike Trout and Ronald Acuña Jr. are the only two position leaders who also won in 2019, the last time the All-Star voting took place.
Three of the top four voters are 23 years old or younger, including leader general Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who received 857,956 votes. Acuña is in second place with 834,287 votes, followed by Trout (706,503) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (701,251).
Remember, though, just because a player has a sizeable advantage in their position now doesn’t necessarily mean they will end up as a starting player when Phase 2 is over. The vote count is reset after Phase 1 and anything can happen once the finalists are given a clean slate.
The power is in the hands of the fans, not only to determine who starts but also to decide who remains in contention at the end of Phase 1. So keep voting. (The fans’ vote determines first base, second base, third base, shortstop, catcher and the three outside runners in each league, plus the run listed for the batter in the LA. Pitchers and substitutes for both teams will be determined through a combination of Player Picks and Picks made by the commissioner’s office
Here is a look at the current ranking.
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR, 51%
2. José Abreu, CWS, 9%
3. Yuli Gurriel, HOU, 8%
Next: Jared Walsh, LAA, 7%; Trey Mancini, BAL, 5%
In the midst of an exceptional breakout season, Guerrero has garnered over 50% of the votes cast for the first base of the AL and is the first to garner votes overall. The 22-year-old may have a huge advantage, but the AL first base field is far from firm, with Abreu, Gurriel and Walsh all grouped closely together.
1. Max Muncy, BOY, 23%
2. Freddie Freeman, ATL, 16%
3. Anthony Rizzo, CHC, 12%
Next: Eric Hosmer, SD, 10%; Jesús Aguilar, MIA, 7%
Muncy entered the 10-day injury list with a strained right oblique on Saturday, but has built an impressive resume in the first two months and more of this season, leading the Dodgers in wins over the substitution, according to Baseball-Reference. He is the most voted NL first baseman ahead of Freeman, NL ’20 MVP and NL first baseman in the last two All-Star Games, and Rizzo, who started DH in ’15 and first baseman in ’16 . Hosmer, the first starting base of the AL in ’16, follows Rizzo by a couple of percentage points.
1. Marcus Semien, TOR, 34%
2. Jose Altuve, HOU, 20%
3. DJ LeMahieu, NYY, 9%
Next: Nick Madrigal, CWS, 8%; Whit Merrifield, KC, 6%; David Fletcher, LAA, 6%
One of two Blue Jays leading their position, Semien moved into second base after signing a one-year deal with Toronto in the offseason and was a terrific addition. Semien finished third in the AL MVP vote as A shortstop in 2019, but has never been an All-Star. In the standings he is followed by Altuve and LeMahieu, who have teamed up to start the last five All-Star Games for AL at second base (four starts from Altuve, one from LeMahieu). Madrigal’s right hamstring tear increases LeMahieu’s chances of advancing to Phase 2, but Merrifield and Fletcher still have time to charge.
1. Ozzie Albies, ATL, 17%
2. Adam Frazier, PIT, 12%
3. Gavin Lux, BOY, 10%
Next: Nico Hoerner, CHC, 10%; Jake Cronenworth, SD, 9%
This is one of the closest races to any position – fewer than 7,700 votes separate Lux, Hoerner and Cronenworth. It seems likely that we will have a first star in this place, as none of the players in the top five have ever started an All-Star Game before.
1. Rafael Devers, BOS, 28%
2. Yoán Moncada, CWS, 13%
3. Alex Bregman, HOU, 12%
Next: José Ramírez, CLE, 9%; Anthony Rendon, LAA, 7%
Neither Devers nor Moncada have made an All-Star team, much less started, but they have taken control of the top two places in the third base of the AL. Bregman, who started for the AL in ’19, has a hold in third place, with Ramírez, the AL’s third base in ’17 and ’18, in fourth.
1. Kris Bryant, CHC, 29%
2. Nolan Arenado, STL, 14%
3. Justin Turner, BOY, 12%
Next: Manny Machado, SD, 11%; Austin Riley, ATL, 11%
In the last four All-Star Games, it was Bryant (2016) or Arenado (’17-19) starting third base for the Senior Circuit, and the new rivals from NL Central occupy the top two places in this race. The bottom spot could drop to the limit, as Turner and Machado are separated by less than 10,000 votes, while Riley follows Machado by around 7,200.
1. Xander Bogaerts, BOS, 31%
2. Bo Bichette, TOR, 15%
3. Tim Anderson, CWS, 11%
Next: Carlos Correa, HOU, 10%; Adalberto Mondesi, KC, 8%
Always excellent Bogaerts formed two All-Star teams and started once (2016), while Bichette and Anderson are both vying for their first All-Star selection. A gap of about 13,400 votes separates Anderson and Correa, who started for the AL in 2017 but have not returned to the All-Star Game.
1. Fernando Tatis Jr., SD, 40%
2. Javier Baez, CHC, 13%
3. Corey Seager, LAD, 9%
Next: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco, 7%; Trea Turner, WSH, 6%
NL West is well represented here, with three of the top four coming from the division. This includes Tatis, the Padres’ 22-year-old wunderkind and MLB’s fourth best-rated player overall. This would be his first nod to the All-Star. Seager has been sidelined since mid-May due to a broken right hand, but there’s a chance he’ll be back before the All-Star break. Guide Crawford, who at 34 is setting up the best offensive season of his career, in the race for third place. Seager is vying for his first All-Star Game start, while Crawford has a start (in 2018) behind him.
1. Mike Trout, LAA, 15%
2. Aaron Judge, NYY, 11%
3. Byron Buxton, minimum, 8%
4. Adolis Garcia, TEX, 7%
5. Teoscar Hernández, TOR, 5%
6. Randal Grichuk, TOR, 4%
7. Alex Verdugo, boss, 4%
8. Randy Arozarena, VG, 4%
9. Michael Brantley, HOU, 3%
Next: Cedric Mullins, BAL, 3%; Andrew Benintendi, KC, 3%
Trout and Judge have started several All-Star Games, but Buxton, García, Hernández, Grichuk, Verdugo and Arozarena would all be All-Star for the first time. Brantley, who was the AL’s starting left fielder in 2019 and made up four All-Star teams in all, has a slight lead for ninth and last place. Less than 21,000 votes separate Brantley and Mullins.
1. Ronald Acuña Jr., ATL, 16%
2. Nick Castellanos, CIN, 11%
3. Jesse Winker, CIN, 9%
4. Mookie Betts, BOY, 8%
5. Juan Soto, WSH, 4%
6. Chris Taylor, BOY, 4%
7. Bryce Harper, PHI, 3%
8. Trent Grisham, SD, 3%
9. Ketel Mars, ARI, 3%
Next: Joc Pederson, CHC, 2%; Christian Yelich, MIL, 2%; Tyler O’Neill, STL, 2%
Acuña started for NL on center court at Midsummer Classic 2019 and is currently the NL’s top voting player. Fans also showed their support for the powerful Reds duo, Castellanos and Winker, neither of whom have ever made an All-Star team before. We have an incredibly tight run for ninth place, as Mars leads Pederson by around 2,300 votes and Yelich and O’Neill by under 8,100.
1. Salvador Perez, KC, 43%
2. Yasmani Grandal, CWS, 9%
3. Martin Maldonado, HOU, 7%
Next: Christian Vázquez, BOS, 6%; Kurt Suzuki, LAA, 6%
Perez missed 2019 after Tommy John’s surgery, and stopped a series of five consecutive All-Star Game starts for the Royals backstop. It has returned to its slug ways for the past couple of years and has taken the top spot among AL receivers. Only 12,000 votes separate Maldonado and Vázquez for third place.
1. Buster Posey, San Francisco, 30%
2. Yadier Molina, STL, 16%
3. Willson Contreras, CHC, 11%
Next: Will Smith, LAD, 11%, William Contreras, 6%
It was a strong demonstration for the old guard among NL receivers. Posey, Molina and Willson Contreras have teamed up to make nine of the All-Star Game’s last 11 starts behind the plate for the Senior Circuit. Smith, still looking for his first All-Star Game appearance, is less than 14,000 votes from taking Contreras out of third place.
1. Shohei Ohtani, LAA, 33%
2. JD Martinez, chief, 18%
3. Yordan Alvarez, HOU, 9%
Next: Yermín Mercedes, CWS, 8%
What else can you say about Ohtani’s two-way brilliance this season? It was the unstoppable force and the immovable object, releasing an OPS + is an ERA + over 150. Ohtani, Martinez and Alvarez have all rebounded from difficult and / or injury-plagued 2020 seasons to take the top three spots in the AL DH rankings, even though rookie Mercedes trailing Alvarez by less than 11,000 votes.