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Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker Amongst Early All-Star Voting Leaders

May 28th, 2014 at 8:04 PM
By Allan Smith

'Andrew McCutchen' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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As the first update on voting for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was released Wednesday, last year's National League MVP Andrew McCutchen looks to be in position to make more history.

Currently in second place amongst NL outfielders in voting, McCutchen is trying to become only the seventh Pirates player elected into the starting lineup of an All-Star game via fan balloting.

McCutchen's 467,378 votes trail only Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies, who has roughly 550,000 votes. McCutchen has a 41,000 vote lead over the fourth-place outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

The only other Pirates' player to make an appearance on the early leaderboard in Neil Walker, who is currently fifth among second baseman with 159,205 votes. Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies leads all at the position with 509,390 votes, although Walker leads all NL second baseman in homers and RBI. He also has yet to miss a start this season, starting his 52nd consecutive game to start the season Wednesday afternoon in New York against the Mets.

"That's not even in my mind," Walker said. "I'm focused on trying to get back on track here as far as winning ways in this locker room. Obviously it would be very exciting for me, but like I said, my focus is definitely on what's going on on the field as a team."

If elected by the fans, McCutchen would become the first Bucco voted into the starting lineup since Jason Bay got to start in front of the home fans at the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.

Of the five other Pirates to have ever carried the fan vote, all were outfielders — and some of the best in franchise history at that. Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente, Dave Parker, Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke were the additional five who were previously voted into the starting lineup.

Information from Pirates.com

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