Braun fifth in bunched NL ASG outfield vote

Braun fifth in bunched NL ASG outfield vote

MILWAUKEE -- Six-time All-Star Ryan Braun was the only Brewers player among the leaders at his position in the first round of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results released Wednesday, running fifth among NL outfielders.

Braun had 448,717 votes, trailing Bryce Harper of the Nationals (838,599), Dexter Fowler of the Cubs (797,160), Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets (792,395) and Jason Heyward of the Cubs (476,595) and in the field of outfielders. The top three vote-getters will form the NL's starting outfield.

After returning to the All-Star Game last summer following a two-year absence, Braun entered Wednesday hitting .348 with 23 runs scored, nine doubles, nine home runs, 31 RBIs, a .420 on-base percentage and a 1.000 OPS. 

Missing, however, from the leaderboards were Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who is coming off a nine-homer month of May, and shortstop Jonathan Villar, the Major Leagues' stolen base leader. Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times. 

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 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. 

The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.