By Jon Weisman
With the fan vote ending at 8:59 p.m. Thursday, Corey Seager remains approximately 700,000 votes removed from the starting shortstop spot for the National League All-Star team.
Seager has picked up 300,000 votes in the past six days, but needs a lot more to get himself over the Addison Russell hump.
Chase Utley made his first appearance in the top five, though he is nearly 2 million votes behind Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist. Adrian Gonzalez rests a distant fourth place at first base.
The All-Star participants will be revealed July 5, save for the players reaching via the Final Vote competition.
Official voting notes:
You may vote in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Balloting Program a maximum of thirty-five (35) times between April 24, 2016, and June 30, 2016 (limit of five (5) times during any twenty-four (24) hour period, with that twenty-four (24) hour period to begin as of the time of the first vote; following the expiration of the initial twenty-four (24) hour period, the next twenty-four (24) hour period begins at the time of your next vote).
You can also receive the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot by texting VOTE or VOTA to 89269. In Canada, fans can receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 101010.