MLB Releases First National League All-Star Voting Update

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 05:  Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 05, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The MLB has released the first National League All-Star voting update, and quite honestly, just about every expected name leads the way.

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, who's slashing .287/.387/.540, is more than tripling the next closest vote-getter, Brian McCann.

He and Phillies backstop JT Realmuto seem destined for a battle for second, as the two are separated by less than 70,000 votes.

The rest of the infield features a healthy mix of the usual suspects and a couple of up-and-comers. Javier Baez, whose posted a .908 OPS this year, leads the way at shortstop, while Nolan Arenado paces the crowd at third base thanks to his 17 home runs, 57 runs batted in, and ridiculous .605 slugging percentage.

The right side of the diamond features a couple of rising stars. Ozzie Albies, who was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2018, holds a near-45,000 vote lead over Mike Moustakas.

Newcomer Josh Bell, who's had an absurd season, sits atop the rest of the NL's first basemen as he vies for his first selection. His 163 total bases leads the MLB and his 1.048 OPS is simply astounding.

To virtually nobody's surprise, Dodgers superstar Cody Bellinger paces the NL with 1,189,380 total votes. He's batting an absurd .355 and leads the NL with 4.5 fWAR.

Fellow MVP candidate Christian Yelich is hot on his tail, gather over a million of his own votes. He's batting .340 with 24 home runs this year.

Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. rounds out the outfield with 14 home runs and 41 runs batted in to his credit.

In this first year of new formatting, the three leaders at each position will proceed to a sort of starters' run-off election. So the games are only just beginning!