National League All-Star voting update: Bryce Harper and lots of Cardinals

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It’s time for MLB’s weekly All-Star game voting update.

Yesterday we learned that seven Royals were the AL’s leading vote-getters at their respective positions. There’s nothing quite that noteworthy on the NL side, but Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to lead in votes with 3.7 million, followed by Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter with 3.1 million.

Here’s what the NL’s starting lineup would like based on current voting:

Catcher – Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First base – Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Second base – Dee Gordon, Marlins
Third base – Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
Shortstop – Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
Outfield – Bryce Harper, Nationals
Outfield – Matt Holliday, Cardinals
Outfield – Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

Kolten Wong is only 100,000 votes behind Gordon at second base, which would give the Cardinals five of the eight starters. Of course, Buster Posey of the Giants is only 5,000 behind Molina at catcher.

Here are the position-by-position totals:

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Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.