Braun, Lucroy need fans' help for All-Star Game

Braun, Lucroy need fans' help for All-Star Game

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy remained on the outside looking in Wednesday when Major League Baseball released the latest round of National League All-Star team balloting figures.

The Brewers' two best hitters remained in fifth place at their respective positions, Braun with 1,045,953 votes and Lucroy with 618,896 votes. The top three outfielders and top catcher will start for the NL on July 12 in San Diego.

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Both Braun and Lucroy have a solid case for what would be Braun's seventh All-Star Game and Lucroy's second. Braun entered Wednesday's game against the A's with the third-best batting average among NL outfielders at .319 and was fifth with a .917 OPS.

Lucroy is the league's second-most productive catcher behind Washington's Wilson Ramos, trailing only Ramos at the position in batting average (.311), OPS (.891) and weighted runs created plus (133), considered one of the truest measures of offensive production. It meant Lucroy entered Wednesday 33 percent more productive than the average Major League catcher.

NL All-Star races to be decided in final days

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 10:59 p.m. CT. 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.