Chase Utley leads all 2nd baseman, as well as all vote getters. Utley has been one of, if not the, best 2nd baseman in the majors over the past few years, so this comes as no surprise.
Placido Polanco is leading at 3rd base, which is kind of surprising considering he just came over to the NL and switched positions. Good to see Polly’s work being recognized by the fans early on.
Jimmy Rollins is leading all shortstops in what is clearly the biggest sign that this is all a popularity contest. J-Roll missed a ton of time and hasn’t really done much to garner an All-Star bid at this point.
Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino are 2nd and 3rd in outfielder voting, so they’d both get the not to start as well. Werth is having a monster year for doubles, and Victorino filled in very nicely in the leadoff spot while J-Roll was on the DL.
A couple of other Phillies are very close to getting a starting not. Ryan Howard trails the machine that is Albert Pujols at 1st base, while Carlos Ruiz trails Yadier Molina in the catcher’s race. It will be hard for Howard to beat out the player that is generally recognized as the best in the game, but it’s possible. One hot week from RyHo and the votes should start pouring in. Good to see Chooch getting some recognition after all of the work he’s done for the top team in the NL.
Raul Ibanez is sitting 8th among outfielders, so he’s got some ground to make up if he wants to make the team. Granted, he’s not having a great start to the season, so I don’t see that happening.
Charlie Manuel will be the manager of the NL squad, so he’ll have a ig say in the naming of the reserves. You can be sure he’ll bring as many Phillies as he can.
Voting ends July 1st, so be sure to get your votes in. You can vote on Phillies.com.
Also, don’t forget to vote former Phillie Pat the Bat into the ASG as the American League DH. He deserves it.