Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run homer in the fifth inning on May 20, 2014 at Citi Field. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Dodgers could have three position players representing the organization in the 85th All-Star game July 15 at Target Field in Minnesota, based on the first fan votes made public by Major League Baseball.
Gonzalez leads all NL first basemen with 349,762 votes. The four-time all-star is hitting .273 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs for the Dodgers this season. He last made the mid-summer classic as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 2011. Gonzalez also made three all-star teams with the San Diego Padres from 2008-2010.
Dee Gordon’s 304,258 votes trail the Phillies Chase Utley’s 509,390 for the start at second base. Utley is on pace for his sixth all-star appearance and he’s made a good case for himself. The 35-year-old leads all NL second baseman in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.389), slugging percentage (.546), doubles (21), extra-base hits (28) and total bases (100).
Gordon doesn’t have the gaudy hitting stats of Utley, but he’s smoked the competition with a major league leading 30 steals. If he doesn’t win the fan vote, the Florida native could still be voted on the team by his peers or Mike Matheny, the NL manager for the game.
Yasiel Puig has played like an all-star this year but he’ll need some help from Dodgers fans if he hopes to start in the game.
The Cuban phenom has 383,384 votes, good for fifth on the list of outfield vote-getters behind Charlie Blackmon (549,394), Andrew McCutchen (476,378), Ryan Braun (446,780) and Giancarlo Stanton (426,228).
Puig has terrorized opposing pitchers this season. He’s reached base in 29 straight games and leads all big league outfielders with his .344 batting average, .442 on-base percentage and 1.065 OPS. If chosen, it would be Puig’s first all-star game.