A-Gon in the running for NL All-Star spot

A-Gon in the running for NL All-Star spot

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez is third in the National League in votes among first basemen, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday in its first All-Star balloting update.

Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star with the Padres, Red Sox and Dodgers, has 253,529 votes through June 1, and trails only the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (874,471) and the Giants' Brandon Belt (271,670) at the position.

The 34-year-old veteran is hitting .299 with a .376 on-base percentage while clubbing five home runs. He's also driven in 27 runs and scored 19.

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"It is pretty cool," Gonzalez said prior to the Dodgers' game at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. "The All-Star Game's always fun. It's always a great experience. This year, being in San Diego, it would mean a little bit extra for me, being my hometown. Those four days [off] are always nice, though, so either way, you win."

Among Dodgers position players, shortstop Corey Seager and second baseman Chase Utley are pushing for selections, though neither is among the leading vote-getters at his respective position.

Seager's nine homers and 27 RBIs rank second and fourth, respectively, in the NL among shortstops, and Utley's 31 runs scored place him second in the league among second basemen.

Gonzalez said it can tough for a rookie like Seager to win a fan vote, simply because he hasn't been in the Major Leagues very long.

"Performance isn't always the key factor in the vote," he said. "So hopefully he'll get a player vote or something along those lines. That's what you hope for, and I think, for the most part, that's how people get in for the first time -- by a player vote or a coach's decision."

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.