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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 17: Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees connects on a first inning 3-run home run against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 17, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

First MLB All–Star Voting Updates Come Out

Although it remains roughly a month away, the large interval separating today and the MLB All–Star Game hasn’t stopped fans from casting votes, hoping to promote their favorite player’s claim to participate at this year’s mid–summer classic.

As the news illustrating the current leaders during this year’s All–Star voting surfaces, the players listed as potential All–Stars will likely shuffle about, as the reports aim to only promote further voting as the deadline nears. However, this update forecasts the current players riding along the right track as they near a potential trip to Cleveland.

With that said, the current American League leaders are as follows:

C–Gary Sanchez (NYY), 1B– Luke Voit (NYY), 2B– Tommy LaStella (LAA), SS–Jorge Polanco (MIN), 3B– Alex Bregman (HOU), DH– J.D. Martinez (BOS), OF– Mike Trout (LAA), George Springer (HOU), and Austin Meadows (TB).

The National League position holders currently include:

C– Wilson Contreras (CHC), 1B– Josh Bell (PIT), 2B– Ozzie Albies (ATL), SS– Javier Baez (CHC), 3B– Nolan Arenado (COL), OF– Cody Bellinger (LAD), Christian Yelich (MIL) ,and Ronald Acuna (ATL).

Bellinger highlights the National League squad, totaling up a league–high 1,189,380 votes. Meanwhile Trout’s 737,107 mark adds up to declare him the American League’s most voted player. Newly-acquired Phillies slugger Bryce Harper positioned outside the All–Star scoreboard brings forth perhaps the ordeal’s biggest surprise, as although his numbers warrant no All–Star consideration, his popularity amongst the fans designate him as an expected All–Star candidate. Harper, along with others currently treading water on the outside looking in, need not worry. However, the All–Star Game’s new voting format allows more players to sneak into the affair than ever before, as it now consists of multiple phases where the field simply narrows as the voting proceeds.

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Perhaps longing to hold onto his position more deeply than all else stands Bell, as his potential All–Star start would be the first by a Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman since 1956. While Bell maintains a slim lead ahead Anthony Rizzo, other players such as Voit, Meadows, and Polanco cling to marginal advantages as well. Simultaneously, players such as Joc PedersonJose Altuve and Gio Urshela closely nip at the heals of those currently winning their position’s race.

With the MLB All–Star ballot accessible, fans still possess the capability to inflict their will upon the game’s starting roster. The initial voting phase is set to end at 4 p.m. EST on June 21. The All–Star Game itself begins July 9.

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