SAN DIEGO – The votes are in and the rosters are starting to take shape for next month’s Mid-Summer Classic at Dodger Stadium. But how many Padres will be there?
Just one, according to vote tallies released Tuesday: Manny Machado.
The 29-year-old Machado is the leading vote-getter as National League third baseman with 969,582 votes, far outpacing other standouts at the hot corner including Nolan Arenado of the Cardinals (581,363 votes) and Austin Riley of the Braves (557,220). If those votes hold — and Machado doesn’t bow out due to a recent ankle injury — it would be his sixth All-Star Game and his second as a Padre.
Machado is slashing .328/.400/.545 this season with 12 home runs, 46 RBIs and seven steals in 66 games.
At nearly 1.5 million votes, Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts is the NL’s leading vote-getting and appears well in line to start the July 19 All-Star Game in his home stadium. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has the most votes overall with more than 1.5 million votes.
Beyond Machado, the most votes for a Friar belongs to Fernando Tatis Jr., the club’s franchise shortstop who hasn’t played a single inning this year while recovering from a broken wrist.
Given current voting totals (and considering fans can’t vote for pitchers), it seems likely the Padres will fall short of the five players that made last year’s NL All-Star roster. Several pitchers ultimately could be in consideration for the game, including starters Joe Musgrove and Yu Darvish and closer Taylor Rogers.
Here’s how votes are shaking out in the NL (as of June 21)
|POSITION||TOP VOTE-GETTERS||CLOSEST PADRE|
|CATCHER||Willson Contreras, Cubs – 801,630||Austin Nola – 95,779 (8th)|
|FIRST BASE||Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals – 930,441||Eric Hosmer – 147,019 (5th)|
|SECOND BASE||Jazz Chisholm Jr., Marlins – 634,762||Jake Cronenworth – 165,993 (6th)|
|THIRD BASE||Manny Machado, Padres – 969,582||Machado (1st)|
|SHORTSTOP||Trea Turner, Dodgers – 811,839||Fernando Tatis Jr. – 165,074 (5th)|
|DESIGNATED HITTER||Bryce Harper, Phillies – 1,059,433||Luke Voit – 120,836 (6th)|
|OUTFIELDERS||Mookie Betts, Dodgers – 1,446,050; Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves – 1,398,563; and Joc Pederson, Giants – 630,584||Jurickson Profar – 149,324 (18th)|
Fans are invited to vote for their favorite players up to five times a day through June 30. That’s when the top two leading vote-getters in the American League and National League will learn they’re starting the game. From there, the top two vote-getters at every position and the top six outfielders then advance to the final voting stage.
Votes are being tallied online at MLB.com and on the MLB app.