Let's roll out some updated All-Star balloting results, as we're less than a month away from the festivities at Citi Field in New York. Courtesy of MLB.com, here's where things stand in the American League as of June 16 ...
Adam Jones, Orioles 2,740,505
Mike Trout, Angels 2,710,115
Nick Markakis, Orioles 1,463,392
Torii Hunter, Tigers 1,425,571
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 1,379,251
Nelson Cruz, Rangers 1,310,079
Nate McLouth, Orioles 1,300,158
Alex Gordon, Royals 1,040,685
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 1,004,434
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics 926,611
Coco Crisp, Athletics 869,153
Josh Hamilton, Angels 726,485
Austin Jackson, Tigers 712,623
Shane Victorino, Red Sox 682,220
Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees 620,734
There are better choices in the outfield than Markakis, but mostly this is a solid job by AL voters.
Now on to the National League ...
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals 2,385,240
Justin Upton, Braves 2,054,225
Bryce Harper, Nationals 1,981,030
Ryan Braun, Brewers 1,645,094
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 1,508,355
Matt Holliday, Cardinals 1,330,471
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 1,319,419
Hunter Pence, Giants 1,286,163
Shin-Soo Choo, Reds 1,274,755
Angel Pagan, Giants 1,131,176
Carlos Gomez, Brewers 1,027,684
Gregor Blanco, Giants 934,174
Jon Jay, Cardinals 884,323
Domonic Brown, Phillies 837,748
B.J. Upton, Braves 733,744
While it's amusing to see B.J. Upton pulling down-ballot support, the biggest joke is that Sandoval is besting Wright at third base. There's no defending that choice. Otherwise, no serious complaints.
As the headline suggests, the most compelling race is at NL catcher. Posey is, of course, the reigning NL MVP, while Molina is the five-time Gold Glove winner who's evolved into a major asset at the plate. While Posey is again having an oustanding season (.905 OPS at this writing while playing his home games in a pitcher's environment), I'd side with Molina, largely because Molina is the best defensive catcher in all of baseball and because he's batting .352/.394/.488. As well, Molina this season has logged 555 1/3 defensive innings to Posey's 482 2/3. Posey's the better overall hitter, but Molina's the better overall player.
Tough call -- and either choice is defensible -- but I'm stumping for Molina.