Rollins, Werth among Phillies falling in All-Star voting
Florida's Hanley Ramirez has moved ahead of sidelined Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins in the lastest Natioal League All-Star balloting released today.
Ramirez has 835,275 votes to Rollins' 792,987. Rollins was leading by about 22,000 at the last report. According to MLB.com, the Marlins recently had a voting initiative at their ballpark in which fans who attended games and filled out ballots received tickets to a future game.
Phillies outfielders Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino also fell, with neither currently in the starting lineup. Werth fell from second to fourth and Victorino went from fourth to fifth.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun leads NL outfielders with 1,017,266 votes, followed by surging Atlanta rookie Jason Heyward (1,008,451) and the Dodgers' Andre Ethier (985,305). Werth has 901,978 votes and Victorino has 819,756.
Chase Utley remains the overall NL leading votegetter with 1,573,248 votes.
Third baseman Placido Polanco is the only other Phillie leading at his position, with 726,324 votes. The Mets' David Wright is second at 550,935.
At first base, Ryan Howard trails St. Louis' Albert Pujols. Howard has 761,852. Pujols is at 1,549,941.
Carlos Ruiz is third among catchers, behind Yadier Molina from St. Louis (762,875) and Atlanta's Brian McCann (676,400). Ruiz has 604,192 votes.