This week Major League Baseball released the first wave of 2016 All-Star Game voting results. There are several points of conflict between the analysis in our first All-Star Game Voting Guide and the initial vote totals, which should come as no surprise given that the voting is done by fans, who are known to play favorites or vote for familiar names.
For the American League, Brian McCann leads in WAR, WPA, and RE24 (as of the publication of our voting guide) yet is not leading the race for catcher. The same goes for Chris Davis at first base. As for the National League, Daniel Murphy leads all three statistical categories yet trails in the NL voting for second base. At third base, Jake Lamb and Nolen Arenado lead the stats yet neither is in the lead with votes. In the outfield, Ryan Braun leads two of three categories in LF, but is not in the top three outfielders thus far.
Here is the complete list of leaders by position:
1st Base: Eric Hosmer (Royals)
2nd Base: Jose Altuve (Astros)
3rd Base: Manny Machado (Orioles)
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
Catchers: Salvador Perez (Royals)
Outfielders: Mike Trout (Angels), Lorenzo Cain (Royals), and Mark Trumbo (Orioles).
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz (Red Sox)
Contested Positions (down by less than 100,00 votes): 3B: Mike Moustakas (Royals), SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals), OF: Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox).
1st Base: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
2nd Base: Ben Zobrist (Cubs)
3rd Base: Kris Bryant (Cubs)
Shortstop: Addison Russell (Cubs)
Catchers: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
Outfielders: Bryce Harper (Nationals), Dexter Fowler (Cubs), Yoenis Cespedes (Mets).
Contested Positions (down by less than 100,000 votes): SS: Trevor Story (Rockies), C: Buster Posey (Giants).
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