If voting for the All-Star Game ended today, Raul Ibanez would be a starter. The Phillies' leftfielder, who ranked just sixth when the first tally of votes was announced last week, is second among National League outfielders with 817,849 votes. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun is roughly 90,000 votes ahead of him in first place.
Ibanez has never appeared in an All-Star Game.
Chase Utley appears well on his way to a fourth straight start, has more than twice the votes (1,111,963) as the next closest second baseman, the Dodgers' Orlando Hudson (486,359).
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is second at that position with 569,639 votes, nearly 17,000 behind Florida's Hanley Ramirez. Ryan Howard ranks third among first baseman (524,879), but is more than 700,000 votes behind Albert Pujols, whose Cardinals are hosting the event. *
- David Murphy