MLB All-Star Game finalists: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. pacing the field, Shohei Ohtani tops DHs

The first phase of voting for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game is complete, and there aren’t many surprises among the top competitors for starting spots in the Midsummer Classic.

As expected, young standouts are leading the fan voting. MLB home run leader Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is pacing the field while two other blooming stars and two veteran stalwarts join him among the top vote-getters in Phase 1.

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (2,704,788 votes)
  2. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves (2,510,041 votes)
  3. Salvador Perez, Royals (2,150,968 votes)
  4. Mike Trout, Angels (2,084,542 votes)
  5. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres (2,052,642 votes)

The All-Star voting process now moves to Phase 2. The top three vote-getters at each position in Phase 1 will face off online from noon ET Monday until 2 p.m. ET Thursday, with the winner receiving a starting spot in the All-Star Game.

The votes from Phase 1 do not carry over, so each of the three finalists will get a fresh start.

The Astros have the most finalists of any team with seven, though none were leading their respective positions. The Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers have five each.

Here’s a look at all the position player finalists and the 20 teams they represent.

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MLB All-Star Game finalists

Catcher (AL)

  1. Salvador Perez, Royals
  2. Martin Maldonado, Astros
  3. Yasmani Grandal, White Sox

Catcher (NL)

  1. Buster Posey, Giants
  2. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
  3. Willson Contreras, Cubs

First base (AL)

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
  2. Yuli Gurriel, Astros
  3. Jose Abreu, White Sox

First base (NL)

  1. Max Muncy, Dodgers
  2. Freddie Freeman, Braves
  3. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

Second base (AL)

  1. Marcus Semien, Blue Jays
  2. Jose Altuve, Astros
  3. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees

Second base (NL)

  1. Ozzie Albies, Braves
  2. Adam Frazier, Pirates
  3. Gavin Lux, Dodgers

Third base (AL)

  1. Rafael Devers, Red Sox
  2. Alex Bregman, Astros
  3. Yoan Moncada, White Sox

Third base (NL)

  1. Kris Bryant, Cubs
  2. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
  3. Justin Turner, Dodgers

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Shortstop (AL)

  1. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
  2. Bo Bichette, Blue Jays
  3. Carlos Correa, Astros

Shortstop (NL)

  1. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres
  2. Javy Baez, Cubs
  3. Brandon Crawford, Giants

Outfield (AL)

  1. Mike Trout, Angels
  2. Aaron Judge, Yankees
  3. Byron Buxton, Twins
  4. Michael Brantley, Astros
  5. Adolis Garcia, Rangers
  6. Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays
  7. Cedric Mullins, Orioles
  8. Alex Verdugo, Red Sox
  9. Randal Grichuk, Blue Jays

Outfield (NL)

  1. Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves
  2. Nick Castellanos, Reds
  3. Jesse Winker, Reds
  4. Mookie Betts, Dodgers
  5. Chris Taylor, Dodgers
  6. Juan Soto, Nationals
  7. Bryce Harper, Phillies
  8. Joc Pederson, Cubs
  9. Mike Yastrzemski, Giants

Designated hitter (AL only)

  1. Shohei Ohtani, Angels
  2. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox
  3. Yordan Alvarez, Astros

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