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By Jon Weisman
Adrian Gonzalez is in first place among first basemen and Dee Gordon is in second place among second baseman in the initial 2014 National League All-Star vote update.
Dodger shortstop Hanley Ramirez and third baseman Juan Uribe are each in fourth place at their positions, while Yasiel Puig, surprisingly to me, is in fifth place among outfielders.
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With 349,762 votes, Gonzalez leads Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman by more than 40,000 votes. Gordon (304,258) trails Philadelphia’s Chase Utley by more than 200,000 but is more than 115,000 ahead of Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips.
Gonzalez is a four-time All-Star looking for his second career start and first in the N.L. No Dodger first baseman has started an All-Star Game other than Steve Garvey (1974-80).
Ramirez (206,866) is less than 12,000 votes behind second-place Brandon Crawford of San Francisco at shortstop, but far to the rear of the NL’s vote leader, Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (745,823).
Uribe (270,425) is nearly 50,000 votes behind third-base leader Nolan Arenado of Colorado. Both players are on the disabled list.
No Dodger infielder has started an All-Star Game since Jeff Kent in 2005.
Leading the outfield vote is a player off to a hot start, but it isn’t Puig, who has 383,384 votes. It’s Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (549,394), followed by Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (467,378), Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (446,780) and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (426,228). Matt Kemp (162,681) is 15th.
According to Fangraphs, Stanton and Puig are the top two outfielders in the NL this year.
In addition to paper ballots available at the ballpark, online voting for the All-Star Game continues at MLB.com through July 3. You can vote up to 25 times, and 10 more if you are logged in with an MLB.com account. All-Star teams, with reserves determined by a combination of player votes and selections by the All-Star managers, will be announced July 5-6. The vote for the 34th spot on each league’s roster will begin immediately thereafter.