Cutch narrowly trailing in bid to start All-Star Game
Walker needs help to approach Phils' Utley; online voting runs through July 3
Center fielder Andrew McCutchen remained in hot pursuit of starting in the middle of the National League's All-Star outfield with weeks to go in balloting for the 85th Midsummer Classic.
McCutchen, second overall in voting among outfielders at the time of last week's ballot update, fell out of a leading position according to updated results released on Tuesday. However, the pack is extremely tight behind leader Yasiel Puig (935,276 votes), and McCutchen (823,862) trails third-place slugger Giancarlo Stanton by fewer than 40,000 votes.
Second baseman Neil Walker (365,050), the only other Pittsburgh player on the NL leaderboards, jumped from fifth to third place. However, Walker fell further behind positional leader Chase Utley of the Phillies (974,196).
On-site balloting at PNC Park will continue through two more Buccos homestands, but fans can also cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, one of last year's participants, is again among 10 NL Derby nominees. Alvarez, currently among the NL leaders with 10 homers, has hit the second-most homers in the league (76) since the beginning of the 2012 season, behind only Stanton (77).
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.