And then there was defending NL Most Valuable Player Clayton Kershaw, who passed Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for third place as of this morning and was closing in on the leaders. The NL morning standings was rounded out by Mets closer Jeurys Familia.
In the American League, Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas had more than 15.7 million votes in this morning's count and was holding off strong challenges from Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was fourth in the AL ranking. The fifth AL Final Vote candidate, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, was named to the team on Thursday as a replacement for injured Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and was subsequently removed from the ballot.
Overall, fans had tallied more than 92 million votes as of this morning, eclipsing the all-time record of 79.2 million set in 2013.
During the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile in Cincinnati on Tuesday, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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