Puig slips in voting, still in line to start ASG
Dodgers' Dee, Adrian join outfielder in third place at their postitions
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, second baseman Dee Gordon and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez ranked third in voting at their positions on Tuesday in the final update in fan balloting for the National League All-Star starters before they are announced on Sunday.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Puig, who led the outfield voting last week, slipped behind Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez. Fewer than 175,000 votes separate the trio. With just over 3 million votes, Puig will have to hold off the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (2,681,019) and the Brewers' Ryan Braun (2,509,770), in the fourth and fifth spots, to secure a starting role.
Gordon, the Dodgers' offensive catalyst, was fewer than 200,000 votes behind Pittsburgh's Neil Walker at second base, with Philadelphia's Chase Utley running away with the starting spot, with near a million-vote lead.
Gonzalez is barely 12,000 votes behind runner-up Mark Reynolds of Milwaukee at first base, which is led by Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, who also enjoyed over a million-vote cushion.
Hanley Ramirez ranks fifth in the shortstop voting with nearly 1 million votes, although Troy Tulowitzki leads the position and all NL players with almost 4 million votes.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
Fans this year once again can participate in the 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 Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 14.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.