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MLB released the latest voting leaders for the 2021 All-Star Game in each league Monday.
Ryan Fagan @ryanfagan
AL and NL All-Star vote leaders … pic.twitter.com/o4mIy9uKaJ
Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads all players with 857,956 votes at the first checkpoint, which is fitting considering his production in 2021. The 22-year-old entered Monday leading the majors with 21 home runs and 55 RBI, while his .344 batting average is the best in the American League.
Ronald Acuna Jr. has the highest vote tally in the National League in recognition of his MVP-type season. The Atlanta Braves outfielder has 18 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 59 games.
Two-way Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani leads designated hitters in voting during what has been a breakout season for the 26-year-old.
As a hitter, Ohtani has 17 home runs and 45 RBI to put him among the best sluggers in the league. He is also thriving as a pitcher with a 2.85 ERA in nine starts. It seems likely he will be included in the All-Star Game in some fashion, even if he doesn’t lead the vote.
Angels teammate Mike Trout also leads AL outfielders in votes despite playing only 36 games this season.
While individual production has been recognized in the early voting, some of the best teams are not represented, even when looking beyond the leaders:
Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., leads all vote-getters in first round of MLB all-star balloting. Blue Jays teammate Marcus Semien also tops among AL second basemen. pic.twitter.com/uKp2tN0Rt7
Ben Verlander @Verly32
Here is the National League All-Star Game voting update pic.twitter.com/OllkHygt5Z
The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in the majors (42-24) but don’t have any players within the top three of voting at their respective positions. The first-place Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox also don’t have any leaders, although there are several White Sox close in voting (Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada and Yasmani Grandal are in second at their positions).
It might mean team-wide balance is a key to success in MLB.