Troy Tulowitzki holds lead in NL All-Star balloting

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The latest update in the NL All-Star balloting has been released and there are a few things of note. Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki remains the leading vote-getter and has actually expanded his lead from from last week. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is well out in front at the catcher position and currently has the second-most votes in the NL.

There are a couple of position shake-ups since last week. Mets third baseman David Wright has hopped over the injured Nolan Arenado. Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez has vaulted from fifth to third among outfielders. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon has dropped from second to fifth while Andrew McCutchen still finds himself in fourth. Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers still holds the lead at first base, but maybe not for long. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt is right on his heels.

Here’s the full update:

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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.