Justin Upton takes 3rd in NL fans' vote for All-Star Game
JUL 10, 2014 5:27p ET
That distinction goes to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who along with White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (American League selection), will represent the city of Chicago in Tuesday's All-Star Game -- thanks to the fans' secondary vote (8.8 million -- according to MLB.com).
Atlanta's three all-stars include: First baseman Freddie Freeman, starting pitcher Julio Teheran and closer Craig Kimbrel.
The four-day voting period with the National Leaguers, handled via Internet and text messages, went as followed:
From a statistical standpoint, the fans might have been right to punch Rizzo's ticket for Minneapolis. Heading into Thursday, the Cubs slugger had notched 20 homers, 49 RBI, 59 runs, two steals, a .280 batting average, .387 on-base percentage and .899 OPS.
Upton (17 HR, 50 RBI, 43 runs, seven steals, .855 OPS) is an interesting case in that regard, however, losing out to Rizzo in homers and runs ... but trumping him in RBI and steals. Plus, their batting averages were identical (.280).
Of course, Rizzo ultimately had a higher OBP (.387) and OPS (.899) than Upton, who tallied one homer and a .387 on-base percentage during the Braves' recent 9-game winning streak (June 27-July 5).
It may be a long shot, but Upton and Braves catcher Evan Gattis (16 homers, 39 RBI, .290 batting, .900 OPS) still have a chance to be added to the National League All-Star team before the weekend -- thanks to a substantial injury to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (out 8-12 weeks with a broken thumb).
2014 STATS (as of July 9)
Rizzo -- 20 HR, 49 RBI, 59 runs, 2 steals, .280 battng, .387 OBP, .899 OPS
Morneau -- 13 HR, 59 RBI, 36 runs, 0 steals, .313 BA, .346 OBP, .855 OPS
Upton -- 17 HR, 50 RBI, 43 runs, 7 steals, .280 BA, .352 OBP, .855 OPS
Rendon -- 13 HR, 52 RBI, 62 runs, 8 steals, .284 BA, .340 OBP, .831 OPS
McGehee -- 1 HR, 53 RBI, 35 runs, 1 steal, .320 BA, .387 OBP, .779 OPS