Padres Nowhere to be Found on First All Star Ballots
The Padres may be hosting the All Star Game this season, but their chances of having a position player elected to the team look pretty slim at this point.
The Padres have not a single player in the Top 5 voting for any position player in the National League. The Cubs are dominating the voting early and deservedly so, but it is disappointing no one is getting some hometown love.
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Yadier Molina of the rival Cardinals is the lead vote recipient at catcher, but it turns quickly to Chicago after that. Anthony Rizzo leads at first base by about 600,000 votes to start.
At second base, Joe Maddon favorite Ben Zobrist is in the lead by a quarter million votes over Washington National Daniel Murphy who is hitting nearly .400 on the season.
At shortstop, Addison Russell leads Trevor Story in a close race and at third base Kris Bryant leads Rockie Nolan Arenado in a tight race. In third place is Mets captain David Wright who wouldn’t be able to play in the game anyway due to injury.
The outfield lists the top 15 for the position, and though Matt Kemp has been on a home run binge this year he is nowhere to be found in the mix. The Cubs have 3 of the top 6 players – can you imagine if Kyle Schwarber was still healthy? – with last year’s MVP Bryce Harper leading the pack. Interestingly enough it is Dexter Fowler who leads the Cubs trio over Yoenis Cespedes. I bet the Cubs are happy in many ways they were able to bring him back this season.
Right now the Padres best hope for representation is in their pitching. Fernando Rodney has been great as the closer and Drew Pomeranz has been a revelation in the rotation. If the Padres were hoping simply by hosting the All Star Game they would be able to show off a homegrown star that will not be the case.
Wil Myers was likely the most likely position player to crack a vote but he can’t even get over the 150,000 votes that Lucas Duda has to lock down the 5th place vote at first base with the opening results. The Padres need our help, fans! Go VOTE!!