Mauer rises to No. 2 at catcher on All-Star ballot

Mauer rises to No. 2 at catcher on All-Star ballot

Mauer rises to No. 2 at catcher on All-Star ballot
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer continues to climb the ranks in the All-Star voting. Mauer has moved from third to second place in votes among American League catchers for the 2012 Midsummer Classic, according to the second ballot update released on Monday.

The Twins backstop's .302 batting average leads AL catchers, and his .406 on-base percentage is 50 points higher than any other AL player at his position. Mauer's 13 doubles and 32 runs are also tops at catcher.

But maybe most importantly for the Twins, Mauer has rebounded from an injury-plagued 2011 season. He's played in 54 of Minnesota's 59 games this season after playing in just 82 last year.

Mauer is a four-time All-Star who was voted in as a starter from 2008-10. He was also the leading vote-getter in the Majors in '10.

He remains the only Twins player in the top five at their respective positions on the ballot. First-year Twins outfielder Josh Willingham remains outside the top 15 at his position despite 18 doubles and a .968 OPS, which rank first and second among AL outfielders.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Other Twins on the ballot are designated hitter Justin Morneau, second baseman Alexi Casilla, shortstop Jamey Carroll, outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere, and first baseman Chris Parmelee. Third baseman Danny Valencia is also on the ballot, but is currently at Triple-A Rochester.

Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.