Mauer needs more ASG votes to leap to first

Mauer needs more ASG votes to leap to first

Mauer needs more ASG votes to leap to first
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer remained in second place in the balloting for American League catchers for the 2012 All-Star Game, according to the third ballot update released on Monday.

Mauer's .314 batting average leads AL catchers and ranks sixth among all players in the Junior Circuit. He's also just one of two players in the AL with an on-base percentage above .400, as his .415 clip ranks second to Paul Konerko's .435 OBP.

He also leads AL catchers with 69 hits and 14 doubles, while he's tied in runs scored (32) with Rangers backstop Mike Napoli, who remains in first place among AL catchers in the balloting for the Midsummer Classic in Kansas City.

Among advanced statistics, Mauer also ranks first among AL catchers in Wins Above Replacement, according to Mauer has currently been worth 2.1 WAR, which ranks ahead of Matt Wieters of the O's (2.0), A.J. Pierzynski of the White Sox (1.9), Carlos Santana of the Indians (1.2) and Napoli (1.2).

Mauer has also stayed on the field this season after playing in just 82 games last year because of various injuries. The backstop has played in 60 of the Twins' 65 games this season.

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 as the only Twins player in the top five at their respective positions on the ballot. Josh Willingham remains outside the top 15 among outfielders despite his 13 homers, 18 doubles and .925 OPS.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game 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 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 AL 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

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 via the 2012 All-Star Game 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 for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

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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 he's currently at Triple-A Rochester.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.