Tuesday marked the first MLB All-Star Game voting update and one Minnesota Twin, Joe Mauer, has a realistic chance at a starting gig in the game that will be played where the Twins close out a three-game series on Wednesday night -- Kansas City.
The first of umpteen All-Star voting updates arrived today, and Joe Mauer ranked third among AL catchers, behind the Rangers’ Mike Napoli and the Orioles’ Matt Wieters. The totals went: Napoli (1,224,565), Wieters (713,469) and Mauer (637,364). No other Twin was listed among the leading vote-getters as his position.
Joe Mauer is having a nice bounce-back season after only playing in 82 games in 2011 due to injury. Mauer has played in 52 games this season and is hitting .298/.407/.826 with three home runs and 25 runs batted in, just five RBI shy of his 2011 total. Before last year, Mauer was an All-Star for three straight years and four of the previous five seasons. He was the leading vote getter in all of baseball just two years ago.