Jays’ Bautista leads MLB in all-star voting

No one should be surprised that Toronto Blue Jays slugging outfielder, Jose Bautista, currently leads all of major league baseball in All-Star Game votes. Bautista, who at age 29, had a breakout season last year with 54 homeruns and 124 RBI’s, has shown that to be no fluke as he currently has an impressive 20 homeruns and 40 RBI’s while hitting for a .354 average. If Bautista can hold onto that lead he will become the first player in Blue Jays’ franchise history to lead all of baseball in All-Star Game votes. He will also become the first Blue Jay, since first baseman, Carlos Delgado, in 2003, to start an All-Star Game. Joining Bautista, as the three leading vote getters among American League outfielders, are New York Yankees’ Curtis Granderson and Texas Rangers, 2010 AL MVP, Josh Hamilton. Buatista currently has 1,261,659 votes while Granderson has 994,315, followed by Hamilton’s 748,240. Knocking on the door to start the July 12th mid summer classic at Chase Field in Arizona are Seattle Mariners’ outfielder, Ichiro Suzuki, with 674, 406 votes and Nelson Cruz, of the Rangers, with 514,006 votes. The starting finalized rosters won’t be announced by major league baseball until Sunday July 3.

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