St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has surpassed San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as the top vote getter in the National League All-Star voting. If voting ended today Molina would be the starting catcher for the NL. However, Giants fans have plenty of time to get Posey back on top considering the All-Star voting does not end until July 4.
Molina has 3,596,858 votes as of Sunday compared to Posey’s 3,506,402 total votes. Obviously, the 90,456 votes separating the two players is nothing considering millions of fans will continue casting their votes over the next week and a half.
Molina is considered one of the greatest defensive catchers of his era as he has five consecutive Gold Glove Awards to prove it. He also is a top-notch asset at the plate, which is something that is rare to find in catchers these days. Molina is batting .353 with five home runs, 41 RBI, 25 doubles, three stolen bases and a .383 on-base percentage in 269 at-bats this season.
Meanwhile, the reigning NL MVP, Major League Baseball batting champion and NL Comeback Player of the Year recipient is performing well on offense as well in 2013. Even though Posey’s numbers are not as good as Molina’s, they are still good for a catcher. He is batting .307 with eight home runs, 42 RBI, 20 doubles, one triple and one stolen base in 254 at-bats.
It will be interesting to see which catcher comes out on top after the voting is complete considering both players are very talented with loyal fan bases supporting them.