Norris, Kemp, Upton among All-Star ballot leaderboards

Norris, Kemp, Upton among All-Star ballot leaderboards

ANAHEIM -- The initial voting results from the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot were released Wednesday, and the Padres are well-represented.

That's not something that has occured often in the past, in terms of position players.

Outfielders Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and catcher Derek Norris each rank in the top 10 at their respective positions.

"Over the last number of years, with the exception of Adrian [Gonazalez], we haven't had someone you would think who would be a perennial All-Star," said Padres manager Bud Black, in his ninth season. "That's a good sign."

Norris, who leads NL catchers in hits (45), doubles (16) and RBIs (28), ranks fifth among all catchers in the voting. He's also tied with Russell Martin of the Blue Jays for the most catcher caught stealings (14) in the big leagues. Norris has 275,067 votes.

"He's building a strong case," Black said.

Yadier Molina of the Cardinals was the overall vote leader among catchers (859,520).

Kemp, who on Tuesday hit a three-run double in the 10th inning in a 4-0 victory over the Angels, ranks eight among NL outfielders. Kemp is hitting .255 with one home run and 25 RBIs. He has 375,172 votes.

Upton, who currently leads the team in home runs (12) and RBIs (35) is currently ninth among outfielders. Upton has 368,868 votes.

The NL outfielder leader, and the overall ballot leader, was Bryce Harper of the Nationals (1,116,582 votes).

"It's good to see nationally that some of our guys are getting recognized," Black said.

The Padres haven't had a position player make the NL All-Star roster since shortstop Everth Cabrera in 2013. Gonzalez, now with the Dodgers, went from '08-11.

The Padres haven't had a position player voted onto the team as a starter since Tony Gwynn in 1999.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their c, omputers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.