Phase 1 of the MLB All-Star voting process has been underway since May 31 and will end on June 22, so it's imperative for Los Angeles Dodgers fans to get in on the action over the next week to ensure the team is well-represented in Seattle.
After two weeks, the results are positive, but they could be better. Freddie Freeman is leading all first basemen. JD Martinez leads all designated hitters. Even Miguel Vargas is getting some love (fourth among second basemen).
But Dodger fans are this close to making a massive splash at the Midsummer Classic. Will Smith is slated to get his first All-Star nod, but he's trailing Braves backstop Sean Murphy, who is currently in line to start the game. Smith, who's played seven fewer games than Murphy, is right there with him in most counting stats.
Then you have Mookie Betts, who is slated to be the NL's ASG starter in right field, but is trailing Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. for most outfield votes (he has the most votes of any NL player).
And finally, Max Muncy, who's fallen off a bit, has a very good chance of supplanting Braves third baseman Austin Riley. He's just 10K votes short of making it to the next round of voting. In short, we can call this Operation: Demoralize Atlanta.
MLB All-Star Voting: Dodgers in good position, but could use more help
If Smith and Muncy can sneak in there, the Dodgers could have five of the nine starting spots come July 11 at T-Mobile Park. Per MLB, the lead voter-getting in each league will receive an automatic spot in the starting lineup with the other top two-vote getters at each position advancing to Phase 2 to determine who will start.
- Will Smith - 419,587 (2nd)
- Sean Murphy - 603,501
- Freddie Freeman - 775,503 (1st)
- Pete Alonso - 377,749
- Miguel Vargas - 142,182 (4th)
- Luis Arraez - 509,092
- Ozzie Albies - 376,726
- Nolan Gorman - 245,524
- Max Muncy - 358,235 (3rd)
- Nolan Arenado - 410,122
- Austin Riley - 368,044
- Mookie Betts - 676,491 (2nd)
- Ronald Acuña Jr. - 1,086,537
- Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - 367,348
- JD Martinez - 412,373 (1st)
- Bryce Harper - 380,345
Phase 2 of the voting is set to start on June 26, but make sure you pack the initial ballots up until June 22!