MILWAUKEE -- With mere hours remaining in All-Star Game balloting, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy were holding firm in fifth place at their respective positions.
The leading vote-getter among catchers and the top three outfielders will earn starts for the National League. Statistically, both Brewers contenders have a case; Braun is second among NL outfielders with a .924 OPS, and Lucroy is second among NL catchers with an .854 OPS.
But it will take a last-minute push at the ballot box to give the Brewers an elected starter. As of Monday's update, Braun had 1,327,209 votes, trailing the third-place outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets, by more than 920,000 votes. And Lucroy had 846,380 votes, well behind leader Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, who had 1,568,930 votes.
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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.
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.