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:
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.