A week ago, the San Francisco Giants had two players leading in their respective positions to start the 2013 MLB All-Star Game next month.
If the game started now, they would have no starters.
Catcher Buster Posey (3,506,402 votes) and third baseman Pablo Sandoval (2,788,988 votes) are no longer frontrunners at their positions, with Posey being overtaken by the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (3,596,858 votes), and Sandoval giving up the lead to the Mets’ David Wright (2,917,819 votes).
The race between Posey and Molina should come down to the wire, as they are separated by less than 100,000 votes. Both are outstanding catchers, and whoever doesn’t start should still make the team as a reserve. However, the numbers speak for themselves in terms of who is more deserving. Molina is hitting .358, while Posey is batting .311.
The Sandoval-Wright duel should be much more interesting. Last season, when Sandoval beat Wright for the starting nod, Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson called out the Giants’ fans for ballot-stuffing and seemed irate that his star third baseman lost to the overweight, bubble-blowing “Kung Fu Panda.”
This year, with the game being held at Citi Field, home of the Mets, Wright is bound to receive much more fan support, perhaps even more than the overzealous Giants fans will give.
Other Giants in the hunt are shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Marco Scutaro, both of whom are second in their respective positions.
One thing to keep in mind is that Giants’ manage Bruce Bochy will be at the helm of the NL All-Star squad, so he will have some say in the reserves, and will get a chance to bring along some of his players.