NL-leading Cards also tops in voting

NL-leading Cards also tops in voting

The St. Louis Cardinals, owners of the best record in the National League, have three players on pace to start the 76th All-Star Game, according to the vote totals released Wednesday by Major League Baseball.

St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols has received more votes than any National Leaguer with 570,004 ballots, giving him a lead of more than 300,000 over NL Triple Crown threat Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs.

Other Cardinals who, if the balloting were to end today, would be in the starting lineup on July 12 at Comerica Park in Detroit are third baseman Scott Rolen and center fielder Jim Edmonds.

Rolen, with 404,004 votes, leads Chipper Jones of Atlanta by more than 100,000 votes. Edmonds is second in the outfield balloting behind Carlos Beltran of New York and ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. of Cincinnati.

Beltran is one of two Mets currently leading his position, along with catcher Mike Piazza. Piazza, an 11-time All-Star, was the NL starter last year in the 75th All-Star Game at Houston and the all-time leading vote getter among catchers.

The rest of the position leaders include Jeff Kent of the Dodgers at second base and Nomar Garciaparra of the Cubs at shortstop.

Griffey, who entered this year's campaign having received more All-Star votes than any player in history with 37,524,916, is bidding for a 13th All-Star appearance and trails only Cal Ripken Jr. (17) and Rod Carew (15).

Piazza, Pujols, Kent, Griffey and Rolen were voted onto the NL starting lineup last season, though Kent went as a member of the Houston Astros. Kent leads Houston's Craig Biggio by 118,839 (371,947 to 253,108) with Mark Grudzielanek of the Cardinals third at 188,254.

NL All-Star balloting update
Pos.Current leaderTeam
1BPujols, A.Cardinals
2BKent, J.Dodgers
SSGarciaparra, N.Cubs
3BRolen, S.Cardinals
CPiazza, M.Mets
OFBeltran, C.Mets
OFEdmonds, J.Cardinals
OFGriffey Jr., K.Reds
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Garciaparra, on the disabled list with a torn groin muscle, has a slim lead of fewer than 24,000 votes over David Eckstein of the Cardinals and Rafael Furcal of the Braves. Eckstein's advantage over Furcal is a scant 49 votes.

Only Pujols has received more support than Beltran, who has 527,433 votes. The Met center fielder is one of eight outfielders who already have more than 215,000 votes. Edmonds, Griffey, Larry Walker of the Cardinals, Miguel Cabrera of the Marlins, Bobby Abreu of the Phillies, Cliff Floyd of the Mets and Andruw Jones of the Braves are the others.

Fans can cast their votes up to 25 times with the Ameriquest All-Star Online Ballot, which is available exclusively at and all 30 club sites. Ballots also are being punched at each Major League ballpark. Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30.

From July 3-6 fans, fans will once again be able to participate in the Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote, which determines the final position player for each League's 32-man roster.

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Results as of May 31:

1st Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Pujols, A.Cardinals570,004
2. Lee, D.Cubs268,189
3. Mientkiewicz, D.Mets185,924
4. Bagwell, J.Astros132,469
5. Delgado, C.Marlins106,632

2nd Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Kent, J.Dodgers371,947
2. Biggio, C.Astros253,108
3. Grudzielanek, M.Cardinals188,254
4. Giles, M.Braves181,215
5. Matsui, K.Mets148,685

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Garciaparra, N.Cubs235,899
2. Eckstein, D.Cardinals212,209
3. Furcal, R.Braves212,160
4. Reyes, J.Mets189,929
5. Barmes, C.Rockies183,338

3rd Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Rolen, S.Cardinals404,004
2. Jones, C.Braves287,122
3. Glaus, T.Diamondbacks212,620
4. Ramirez, A.Cubs197,261
5. Wright, D.Mets161,433

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Piazza, M.Mets447,259
2. Lo Duca, P.Marlins291,123
3. Estrada, J.Braves166,971
4. Molina, Y.Cardinals143,671
5. Barrett, M.Cubs130,409

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Beltran, C.Mets527,433
2. Edmonds, J.Cardinals402,419
3. Griffey Jr., K.Reds261,554
4. Walker, L.Cardinals228,392
5. Cabrera, M.Marlins225,098
6. Abreu, B.Phillies220,216
7. Floyd, C.Mets219,155
8. Jones, A.Braves215,156
9. Bradley, M.Dodgers187,143
10. Burrell, P.Phillies150,112
11. Drew, J.Dodgers141,736
12. Patterson, C.Cubs138,811
13. Bonds, B.Giants138,571
14. Sanders, R.Cardinals138,014
15. Dunn, A.Reds136,079

Jim Molony is a writer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.