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José Altuve remains in the lead in All-Star voting

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Major League Baseball has just released the latest voting totals in both leagues with just four days left. Astros second baseman José Altuve remains in the overall lead in voting with 3,405,815 tallies, surpassing Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts at 3,119,106.

If the voting were to end right now, your AL starters would be José Abreu (1B, White Sox), Altuve, José Ramirez (3B, Indians), Manny Machado (SS, Orioles), Betts, Mike Trout (OF, Angels), Aaron Judge (OF, Yankees), Wilson Ramos (C, Rays), and J.D. Martinez (DH, Red Sox). Unfortunately, Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias isn’t in the running, ending the dream of an all-José AL infield.

In the NL, if the voting ended today, would start Freddie Freeman (1B, Braves), Ozzie Albies (2B, Braves), Nolan Arenado (3B, Rockies), Brandon Crawford (SS, Giants), Buster Posey (C, Giants), Nick Markakis (OF, Braves), Matt Kemp (OF, Dodgers), and Bryce Harper (OF, Nationals). Not as much team diversity in the NL; it’s mostly a Braves affair. The club also has Johan Camargo third in voting at third base, Dansby Swanson second at shortstop, Kurt Suzuki third at catcher, and Ronald Acuña and Ender Inciarte fifth and sixth in the outfield, respectively. The Braves are good, it turns out.

Koji Uehara has retired

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Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.

Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.

Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.

Happy trails to an excellent reliever.