All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

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Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

FIRST BASE

1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703
2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681
3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420
4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281
5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675

SECOND BASE

1. Robinson Cano, Yankees, 3,974,322
2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 2,838,129
3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers, 1,767,806
4. Omar Infante, Tigers, 1,554,514
5. Jose Altuve, Astros, 1,227,462

SHORTSTOP

1. J.J. Hardy, Orioles, 3,509,180
2. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers, 2,505,348
3. Elvis Andrus, Rangers, 2,122,770
4. Jed Lowrie, Athletics, 1,491,376
5. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays, 1,091,707

THIRD BASE

1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 5,844,165
2. Manny Machado, Orioles, 2,752,627
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 1,792,809
4. Evan Longoria, Rays, 1,528,877
5. Josh Donaldson, Athletics, 827,381

CATCHER

1. Joe Mauer, Twins, 3,869,330
2. Matt Wieters, Orioles, 2,677,959
3. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers, 1,441,827
4. Carlos Santana, Indians, 1,285,650
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox, 1,256,505

DESIGNATED HITTER

1. David Ortiz, Red Sox, 4,398,197
2. Lance Berkman, Rangers, 2,004,388
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, 1,688,099
4. Victor Martinez, Tigers, 1,257,577
5. Mark Trumbo, Angels, 1,190,709

OUTFIELD

1. Mike Trout, Angels, 4,822,983
2. Adam Jones, Orioles, 4,766,256
3. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 2,679,230
4. Nick Markakis, Orioles, 2,536,864
5. Torii Hunter, Tigers, 2,390,336
6. Nelson Cruz, Rangers, 2,258,797
7. Nate McLouth, Orioles, 2,169,772
8. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 1,751,022
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics, 1,556,700
10. Coco Crisp, Athletics, 1,421,277
11. Alex Gordon, Royals, 1,416,887
12. Austin Jackson, Tigers, 1,306,330
13. Josh Hamilton, Angels, 1,138,518
14. Shane Victorino, Red Sox, 1,059,429
15. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees, 1,003,198

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CATCHER

1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals, 5,093,645
2. Buster Posey, Giants, 4,674,847
3. John Buck, Mets, 1,446,565
4. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks, 997,791
5. Brian McCann, Braves, 997,322

FIRST BASE

1. Joey Votto, Reds, 3,622,608
2. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks, 3,035,114
3. Allen Craig, Cardinals, 2,525,399
4. Brandon Belt, Giants, 1,804,152
5. Freddie Freeman, Braves, 1,494,604

SECOND BASE

1. Brandon Phillips, Reds, 3,411,839
2. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, 3,186,423
3. Marco Scutaro, Giants, 3,142,783
4. Daniel Murphy, Mets, 1,598,297
5. Chase Utley, Phillies, 1,355,750

THIRD BASE

1. David Wright, Mets, 4,452,282
2. Pablo Sandoval, Giants, 3,610,096
3. David Freese, Cardinals, 2,376,121
4. Chris Johnson, Braves, 1,234,095
5. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals, 1,072,563

SHORTSTOP

1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 4,072,834
2. Brandon Crawford, Giants, 2,383,248
3. Jean Segura, Brewers, 2,072,083
4. Pete Kozma, Cardinals, 1,867,781
5. Andrelton Simmons, Braves, 1,192,066

OUTFIELD

1. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, 5,013,806
2. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, 2,928,606
3. Justin Upton, Braves, 2,917,659
4. Bryce Harper, Nationals, 2,902,393
5. Matt Holliday, Cardinals, 2,697,608
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, 2,510,614
7. Hunter Pence, Giants, 2,379,606
8. Ryan Braun, Brewers, 2,331,774
9. Angel Pagan, Giants, 2,016,370
10. Shin-Soo Choo, Reds, 1,960,385
11. Jon Jay, Cardinals, 1,825,513
12. Carlos Gomez, Brewers, 1,746,318
13. Gregor Blanco, Giants, 1,717,194
14. Jay Bruce, Reds, 1,454,721
15. Domonic Brown, Phillies, 1,427,696

Thoughts on a time without baseball

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This is a terrifying time to be alive. There’s no cute way of phrasing that or softening it. The coronavirus pandemic is completely and utterly terrifying. It’s a black cloud of dread hanging over our heads. The age of sheltering in place and social distancing has driven a stake through the hearts of our communities. It’s hard to not feel alone.

Sports were (and will be again) an excellent source of community. Whether it was in the stands, with friends at home or online, sports gave us something to bond over. It’s hard to do that with abbreviated replays of old events and Twitch streams of players challenging each other at video games. This was supposed to be the first weekend of the MLB season, the first in a long series of weekends when people would be crashing at home and yelling about infielders booting ground balls instead of a lack of ventilators.

I miss that. I miss that sense of togetherness. There’s an inherent sense of joy that togetherness. It’s missing from our lives right now. Even if we’re alone when magical moments happen, group texts and social media allow us to freak out with our friends and fellow fans. I was by myself at home when Howie Kendrick doink’d a ball off the foul pole in Houston, but the shared excitement on my Twitter feed enriched the moment in a way that wasn’t truly tangible until Opening Day came and went with nothing but old games to offer.

Obviously this concern is beyond secondary to the genuine suffering taking place right now. People are dying. That comes before everything else, end of discussion. The importance of sports as a social focal point pales in comparison to that terrible reality. People are dying and the acceleration of the number of American dead shows no sign of stopping. We can all go without sports for a long time if it means it will help curb the spread of the virus.

This is a baseball site. Baseball is on my mind, and so is the loss of the shared experience of baseball. There’s no good remedy for this. I applaud MLB for trying to fill that void as best as it can, but there won’t be an adequate substitute for the shared experience of real games until the crisis is contained and sports can begin anew.

I apologize if this post has been something of a downer. My intent isn’t to depress, but to share what’s been on my mind, and to try to spark some sort of sharing. You’re on this site because you love the game, and the game has been put on hold by a horrifying force of nature. Baseball has served as a way to get your mind off of terrible things, and now the terrible thing is front and center.

The best we can do is to be here for one another. I’m curious to hear from the readers. Have you found a way to fill the baseball-shaped void in your daily lives? Is there something you’re doing to get your sports fix? Have you been getting that sense of baseball fandom camaraderie from somewhere else? Share your thoughts in the comments, or reach out on social media if you like.

If you want to learn more about COVID-19 or think you might need to be tested, give the CDC’s site about the virus a read. Informing yourself is the most important step. Washing your hands and staying home, if possible, is the best way to protect yourself.

Stay safe and be well.

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