My faith in the voting public got a little bit stronger today. Major League Baseball released their first All-Star Game balloting update and two Minnesota Twins were in the top five of their respective positions. The best part is that it’s the two Twins that actually should be voted for!
Second baseman Brian Dozier and catcher Kurt Suzuki both cracked the leaderboards. Dozier currently sits in fourth place among American League second basemen. Suzuki sits fifth in the backstop category. Both Twins have a long way to go to reach the top of the charts and potentially start the All-Star game at Target Field.
In front of Dozier is Ian Kinsler of the Tigers, Robinson Cano of the Mariners and Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox. Dozier currently has 194,941 votes while third place Pedroia has 343,321 votes. Dozier is behind first place Kinsler by 161,303 votes. Howie Kendrick of the Angels is in fifth place almost 30,000 votes behind Dozier.
Kurt Suzuki faces the same challenge. Matt Wieters of the Orioles, Brian McCann of the Yankees, Derek Norris of the A’s and A.J. Pierzynski of the Red Sox all are leading the pack. Suzuki has 187,766 votes which puts him only 522 behind fourth place ex-Twin Pierzysnki, but trails leader Wieters by over 352,000. Wieters currently has 540,258 votes which is good for fourth overall in total votes for all American League players.
The Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros did not have any representatives on the leaderboard.