We are now five weeks away from the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. This year’s All-Star festivities will take place at Nationals Park from June 15-17. That includes the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, and the All-Star Game itself.
, and, on Monday afternoon, Major League Baseball released the first voting update for National League players. The first American League update is coming Tuesday. Here are the current NL vote totals:
Freeman’s teammates Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis are both in line to start the All-Star Game at the moment. It would be the first All-Star Game selection for Markakis, who is currently in his 13th MLB season. Not counting players who played before the first All-Star Game in 1993, Markakis currently ranks second all-time in hits among players who never made an All-Star Game.
The closest races are at second base and catcher. Albies has a slim 38,509 vote lead over Javier Baez at second base while Buster Posey has a 21,904 vote lead over Willson Contreras. Charlie Blackmon is within shouting distance of Matt Kemp for the third outfield spot.
As a reminder, the All-Star Game uses the DH full-time now, and Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts will select the NL’s DH. Fans don’t vote on it.
Here is the All-Star Game ballot and here are Matt Snyder’s and All-Star Game picks.