Twins superstar Joe Mauer leads all Major League players in All-Star voting with 2.6 million votes for the 81st All-Star game which takes place July 13th at Angels Stadium at Anaheim, California. Mauer leads Derek Jeter by 509,000 overall votes and Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols by almost 600,000 votes. Yankee Jorge Posada follows by 1,800,000 votes at the catcher position. Mauer will easily be voted in as starter for American League catcher.
At first base, Justin Morneau leads Yankee Mark Teixeira by less than 200,00 votes. That number could shrink even more or even disappear given the rabidness of Yankee fans along with the simple fact that the New York population and it’s Yankee nation dwarf that of Minnesota and it’s die hard fans. Don’t count out Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers either as he has hit the 1,000,000 mark just 400,000 behind Morneau.
No other Twins lead their respective categories but do have some pretty respectful numbers so far in the voting with the entire infield in the top 5. At 2nd base, Orlando Hudson is in 4th place; at 3rd base, Nick Punto is in 5th place; and at SS, J.J. Hardy is in 3rd place. Even Twins DH, Jason Kubel is in 5th place. None of them will likely make the team except Mauer and Morneau but these are the strongest All-Star voting showings the Twins have made in years.
As far as pitcher goes, they are voted in by the Managers. Only Twins fill in Closer Jon Rauch has a chance to make the American League squad. Rauch is in 3rd overall with 17 saves. He’s filling in for injured superstar Joe Nathan who has been a fixture at the All-Star game the past few seasons.
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Written by Chad McIntyre