Uggla still leading vote-getter with two days left

Uggla still leading vote-getter with two days left

Uggla still leading vote-getter with two days left
ATLANTA -- With just two days remaining in this year's All-Star balloting process, Dan Uggla remains positioned to serve as the National League's starting second baseman at this year's Midsummer Classic.

Bidding for what would be his first All-Star start, Uggla has garnered a little more than 770,000 votes than Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips.

Uggla appears to be the only Braves player with a legitimate shot to be voted in as a starter this year. Chipper Jones remains within approximately 700,000 votes of New York's David Wright, who leads NL third basemen in this year's balloting process.

But St. Louis' David Freese and San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval stand between the 40-year-old Jones and Wright.

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 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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 8 p.m. ET 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.

The odds of Brian McCann earning a seventh consecutive All-Star appearance will likely depend on how much support he receives via the balloting conducted among fellow players.

It does not look like McCann will be voted to make a second straight start. He ranks fourth among National League catchers, and trails the leader -- San Francisco's Buster Posey -- by more than 1 million votes.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman ranks third among first basemen, but trails Joey Votto by more than 3 million votes.

Jason Heyward's recent surge led him to be named the NL's Player of the Week on Monday. But the 22-year-old has not received an overwhelming amount of support from fans in this balloting process. He ranks 13th among NL outfielders, three spots behind Michael Bourn, and two spots in front of Martin Prado.

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