Melky Cabrera Overtakes Defending NL MVP Ryan Braun In Latest NL All-Star Game Balloting Update!
Looks like the American League outfield race is just as competitive as the National League, as just a day after the latest 2012 All-Star Game ballot update for the AL, where Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista overtook Nelson Cruz for the third and final outfield spot in the updated AL ballot, the NL ballot looks just as competitive. As San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera leap-frogged defending NL MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers for the third and final starting outfield spot in the updated NL results released earlier this afternoon. The race for the third and final outfield spot between Cabrera and Braun is actually the closet in either league so far with only 25,182 votes separating the two outfielders.
Meanwhile a week after having a close race in both shortstop and third base, as well as catcher for the National League now there is only really a close race at short. As the St. Louis Cardinals Rafael Furcal who trailed the Colorado Rockies Troy Tulowitzki by just 17,160 votes now leads Tulowitzki by a 94,125 vote margin. That’s the only two changes in leaders to the updated National League ballot as despite the catcher race being somewhat still close, Cabrera’s Giants teammate Buster Posey padded on 15,798 more votes to give him a 153,438 vote cushion over Furcal’s Cardinals teammate Yadier Molina for voting at catcher. Other than that the rest of the races seem to be pretty much set for who’s going to win the starting spots in the National League.
Talk about a difference a week makes as that now makes only two maybe three races that are close in the National League after nearly half of the starting spots still being up for grabs only a week ago. For those who still want to vote and make a difference in the races that are still close though you can as nearly a little over a week remains to vote for All-Star Game Online Balloting that ends next Thursday, June 28th. You could lookout for one more update from both the American and National League next week before there is the final results giving on July 1, 2012 for the MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell on TBS, where the starters and full rosters will be announced for both leagues.