Gallup has predicted that Jeff Francoeur will lead the balloting. Karl Rove says that these results are skewed. But this is what MLB has so far for the first round of All-Star balloting, with leaders by position, with vote totals:
- First Base: Chris Davis, 1,176,016
- Second Base: Robinson Cano 1,235,230
- Third Base: Miguel Cabrera, 1,500,165
- Shortstop: Elvis Andrus, 727,555
- Outfield: Mike Trout, 1,190,676; Adam Jones, 1,181,875; Torii Hunter, 761,937
- Catcher: Joe Mauer, 863,450
- Designated Hitter: David Ortiz, 1,045,283
The only close races are at first base, where Prince Fielder is about 117,000 behind Davis, shortstop, where J.J. Hardy trails Andrus by around 10,000 and the third outfield spot where Nelson Cruz trails Hunter by less than 50,000 votes. Every other race sports at least a 150,000 vote spread. Many are much greater. The entire slate of vote totals can be seen here.
That is, until the hackers wake up and start stuffing the virtual ballot box. C’mon, hackers, get to it! I want to see Derek Jeter get voted in! He only has 380,000 votes so far! That’s not enough for someone with his Will to Win, even if he hasn’t played all year.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.