Ruiz ranks fourth in vote for NL catchers
Outfielder Pence comes in at 11th in first ASG ballot update
PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Ruiz, statistically, has not only been one of the best catchers in baseball this season, he has been one of the best hitters.
He entered Tuesday just short of being a qualifier, but if he had enough plate appearances, he would have been first in the big leagues in hitting (.368), fifth in on-base percentage (.416), sixth in slugging percentage (.600) and fifth in OPS (1.016).
But Ruiz ranked a distant fourth among National League catchers in fan voting for the All-Star Game in the first ballot update released on Tuesday. Ruiz had 562,021 votes, putting him nearly 450,000 votes behind Yadier Molina, who leads with a little more than 1.1 million votes. Buster Posey (1,072,464) and Brian McCann also have more votes.
"I think everybody wants to be there," said Ruiz, who has never made an All-Star team. "You play to win, win the World Series, make an All-Star Game ... there's a lot of things you want to do as a player. There's a lot of good catchers. There's nothing I can do, just play hard every day and help my team."
Hunter Pence was just outside the top 10 for NL outfielders, garnering 446,460 votes.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.