Posey, Melky close in on All-Star starts

Posey, Melky close in on All-Star starts

Posey, Melky close in on All-Star starts
SAN FRANCISCO -- Melky Cabrera, one of the National League's top hitters for most of the season, is being recognized for his productivity.

Cabrera inched past the Brewer's Ryan Braun to take over third place among NL outfielders, in the fan balloting for next month's All-Star Game in Kansas City. Cabrera had 2,144,107 votes in the latest update, barely ahead of Braun's 2,118,925 votes. The Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran remained 1-2, respectively, in the outfield vote.

Should Cabrera remain among the top three, he would be the first Giants outfielder, besides Barry Bonds, elected to be an All-Star starter since 1990, when reigning NL MVP Kevin Mitchell earned a spot.

Giants center fielder Angel Pagan ranked ninth with 1,158,500 votes.

Buster Posey continued to lead the balloting among catchers with 2,445,005 votes, staying ahead of St. Louis' Yadier Molina (2,291,567). If Posey goes to Kansas City, he would become only the sixth All-Star catcher the Giants have had since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958. He would join Bob Schmidt (1958), Ed Bailey (1961, 63), Tom Haller (1966-67), Bob Brenly (1984) and Benito Santiago (2002).

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 8:59 p.m. PT.

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 5 p.m. PT 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 in Kansas City 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 will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Three other Giants rank among the top vote-getters at their respective positions. Pablo Sandoval remained in second place (1,612,497 votes) behind New York's David Wright (1,977,388). Brandon Belt (907,739) continued to hold down the No. 4 spot among first basemen, and Brandon Crawford (935,216) entered the top five in the voting at shortstop.

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