Posey gains on Molina for All-Star starting spot

Posey gains on Molina for All-Star starting spot

Buster Posey is closing in on an All-Star starting spot. With 631,799 votes, Posey trails leader Yadier Molina by 62,405 votes among National League catchers.

Posey picked up 192,560 votes in the latest round of NL totals released Wednesday for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Molina and Posey have won the fan vote at catcher for the NL squad in six of the last seven All-Star Games.

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The Giants are well represented throughout the ballot with players contending for votes at each position. Posey's vote total leads all San Francisco players, while Brandon Belt is second with 402,271, still trailing only the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (1,254,404), albeit by a large margin, at first base.

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Both Brandon Crawford (358,045) and Hunter Pence (344,441) climbed up the rankings at their respective positions. Crawford moved past Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to third, while Pence moved up a spot to eighth among outfielders. Also represented among the top vote getters are Matt Duffy, who remained at fifth among third basemen with 233,563 votes, and second baseman Joe Panik (267,088), who again came in at fourth at his position.

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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.

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