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Freeman, Braves lead way in 1st NL All-Star ballot update

Freeman, Braves lead way in 1st NL All-Star ballot update

The National League's lineup at this year's All-Star Game could have a distinct Atlanta feel to it.


Major League Baseball's first All-Star balloting update for the National League was released on Monday, and a trio of Braves - first baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Ozzie Albies, and outfielder Nick Markakis - are among the leading vote-getters at their respective positions.


Freeman, aiming to make his third All-Star appearance and his second as a starter, has garnered an NL-best 633,342 votes to date, and sits nearly 400,000 ahead of Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo among first basemen. The 21-year-old Albies, meanwhile, holds a narrow lead on Chicago's Javier Baez at second base.

As for Markakis, he's comfortably ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp for second place among NL outfielders, with only a few thousand votes separating him and the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper. Despite tallying over 2,100 hits during his impressive 13-year career, the 34-year-old Markakis has never appeared in the Midsummer Classic.


Here's a look at the top vote-getters for each position in the National League:





Pos.
Player
Votes
2nd Place (Votes)




C
Buster Posey
281331
Willson Contreras (259427)


1B
Freddie Freeman
633342
Anthony Rizzo (248275)


2B
Ozzie Albies
398816
Javier Baez (360307)


3B
Nolan Arenado
527683
Kris Bryant (305062)


SS
Brandon Crawford
466021
Dansby Swanson (225182)


OF
Bryce Harper
498189
Charlie Blackmon (309099)


OF
Nick Markakis
494206
Ronald Acuna Jr. (277077)


OF
Matt Kemp
309099
Ender Inciarte (225225)



(Courtesy: MLB Communications)


The first American League voting update will be revealed by MLB on Tuesday.