The San Francisco Giants may be in second place in the National League West division behind the Arizona Diamondbacks, but there is no team in the NL that can match their All-Star qualifiers. There are five players on the Giants that have a legitimate chance to start the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which is by far the most of any team in the big leagues.
Catcher Buster Posey leads all NL suitors with a whopping 1,275,956 votes as of June 4. The reigning NL Most Valuable Player and batting champion has a substantial lead over St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (938,911).
There is no question Posey deserves the honor after his hot start to the 2013 season. The 26-year-old is batting .308 with seven home runs, 31 RBI, 15 doubles, one triple and 24 runs in 185 at-bats this season.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is the other Giants player who leads his respective position. The 26-year-old has 1,094,475 votes compared to New York Mets’ David Wright, who has 967,299 votes. However, the fact that the Midsummer Classic will be played in New York means Wright could make a comeback over the next month.
San Francisco second baseman Marco Scutaro is in second place behind Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Phillips with 801,754 votes. Shortstop Brandon Crawford may be in second place for his respective position, but he has some catching up to do if he wants to reach Colorado Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki. The Rockies shortstop currently has a 357,704 vote lead over Crawford.
The biggest deficit for any player on the Giants is first baseman Brandon Belt, who has 513,371 votes. He sits behind Reds slugger Joey Votto (1,044,742), who is trying to make his fourth straight All-Star appearance.
The good news is a majority of the San Francisco players have a legitimate shot at starting, especially since more fans will cast their votes down the stretch.