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How Joc Pederson might start in All-Star Game after all

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

In the final All-Star Game balloting update before the results are announced July 5, no Dodger is within more than 2.4 million votes of a starting spot — but there is still some intrigue.

Although Bryce Harper returned to play Sunday for Washington after a brief absence, the next three National League vote leaders in the outfield — Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Holliday and Nori Aoki– are on the disabled list. If none of those three are able to play in the game, Dodger center fielder Joc Pederson, in sixth place with a 330,000-vote lead over Jason Heyward, would be in line to start. To bet on any NL games, sites like slot dolar138 are up and running.

NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy of the Giants will make the decision on who starts in place of any injured players, but fan balloting should be a factor in his selection (along with, perhaps, the presence of Dodger manager Don Mattingly as one of his coaches, not to mention the fact that the Dodgers have let the NL West most of this season).

In any case: Your votes still matter.

You can read more about the selection process here. Vote up to 35 times until the July 2 deadline. Here’s a direct link to the ballot.

Earlier today on Fangraphs, Dave Cameron explained why he’d select Pederson to start and add Yasmani Grandal, Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen as reserves.

The starting position players for the 2015 All-Star Game will be announced Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Pacific on ESPN, with the reserves named the following night (July 6) at 4 p.m. Pacific on ESPN. Pitchers and reserves are determined through a combination of player ballot choices and managerial selections.

The All-Star Game Final Vote for the 34th spot on each team’s roster will then begin, continuing through July 10.

Current vote totals appear below:

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  1. Sorry. I’m a lifelong Dodgers fan (1958-) and I’m glad we have Joc, but the NL is trying to win home field advantage in the WS. Maybe next if his BA clears .250, but not now.

    • Jon Weisman

      So it’s batting average or bust when it comes to looking at a player’s value?

    • Yeah, this is really silly. His OBP (considering his amazing–for a rookie especially–walk rate) + power are reasons enough, and then you add into that how terrific his defense has been. Sorry but BA is more of a 1950s stat if that’s all you’re looking at (no offense). ;)

    • His OBP is great, power is great and he has great defense. Seems like a no brainer

  2. I don’t think Giancarlo or nori will play but Holliday says that he will be there healthy or not. Hopefully Bochy makes the right decision and doesn’t let him play. Hopefully hoc gets a spot. I think he might do the home run derby due to the new rules. Do any of you think Kershaw will make the all star team? Greinke is a no brainer.

  3. Why are Dodger fans not rooting for our guy? Geez. The kid’s done great work and we should be proud to get there as a rookie in the ASG. #gododgers

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