All-Star voting features close race between Buster Posey, Yadier Molina

Should Buster Posey or Yadier Molina be the NL All-Star starter at catcher? (USATSI)
Should Buster Posey of the Giants (left) or Yadier Molina of the Cardinals be the NL All-Star starter at catcher? (USATSI)

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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 ...

FIRST BASE
Chris Davis , Baltimore Orioles 2,999,094
Prince Fielder , Detroit Tigers 1,980,129
Mike Napoli , Boston Red Sox 744,334
Albert Pujols , Los Angeles Angels 693,062
Mitch Moreland , Texas Rangers 645,071

SECOND BASE
Robinson Cano , New York Yankees 2,409,512
Dustin Pedroia , Red Sox 1,635,674
Ian Kinsler , Rangers 1,123,654
Omar Infante , Tigers 872,142
Jose Altuve , Houston Astros 734,896

SHORTSTOP
J.J. Hardy , Orioles 1,871,010
Elvis Andrus , Rangers 1,358,412
Jhonny Peralta , Tigers 1,322,791
Jed Lowrie , Oakland Athletics 1,019,861
Derek Jeter , Yankees 669,698

THIRD BASE
Miguel Cabrera , Tigers 3,277,890
Manny Machado , Orioles 1,626,209
Adrian Beltre , Rangers 1,105,706
Evan Longoria , Tampa Bay Rays 898,422
Josh Donaldson , Athletics 500,773

CATCHER
Joe Mauer , Minnesota Twins 2,127,175
Matt Wieters , Orioles 1,615,625
A.J. Pierzynski , Rangers 885,137
Carlos Santana , Cleveland Indians 864,779
Jarrod Saltalamacchia , Red Sox 748,725

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz , Red Sox 2,488,451
Lance Berkman , Rangers 1,239,521
Edwin Encarnacion , Toronto Blue Jays 769,322
Mark Reynolds , Indians 745,058
Mark Trumbo , Angels 722,667

OUTFIELD
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 , Kansas City 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 ...

FIRST BASE
Joey Votto , Cincinnati Reds 2,047,945
Paul Goldschmidt , D-backs 1,524,517
Allen Craig , St. Louis Cardinals 1,191,229
Brandon Belt , San Francisco Giants 997,066
Freddie Freeman , Atlanta Braves 924,937

SECOND BASE
Brandon Phillips , Reds 2,021,277
Marco Scutaro , Giants 1,717,875
Matt Carpenter , Cardinals 1,508,314
Chase Utley , Philadelphia Phillies 982,966
Daniel Murphy , New York Mets 786,414

SHORTSTOP
Troy Tulowitzki , Colorado Rockies 2,443,772
Brandon Crawford , Giants 1,293,476
Jean Segura , Milwaukee Brewers 1,188,317
Pete Kozma , Cardinals 905,976
Andrelton Simmons , Braves 771,665

THIRD BASE
Pablo Sandoval , Giants 2,180,147
David Wright , Mets 2,053,744
David Freese , Cardinals 1,152,038
Chris Johnson , Braves 829,420
Ryan Zimmerman , Washington Nationals 686,905

CATCHER
Buster Posey , Giants 2,606,434
Yadier Molina , Cardinals 2,543,588
John Buck , Mets 866,471
Jonathan Lucroy , Brewers 630,902
Brian McCann , Braves 627,056

OUTFIELD
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 , Pittsburgh 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
Melvin 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.

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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