Second baseman Chase Utley is still baseball’s leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, but another deserving candidate, Pat Burrell, has fallen out of the running.
Here’s a topic nobody cares about given the current state of the club. According to the latest e-mail blast from Phillies headquarters, Utley has tallied 2,645,027 votes, over 125,000 more than then next closest player. Good for Utz, who definitely deserves it. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard (fifth at position), Jimmy Rollins (fourth) and Burrell (10th) are also among the leaders.
Burrell, still seeking his first ever All-Star nod, may need to wait another year. Since our last report – when the voting was first announced -- Pat the Bat ranked sixth among outfielders. Although he’s cooled off some, he’s still having a strong enough season overall to be considered a top-five National League outfielder. Meanwhile, Rollins, who has not played particularly well, has gained ground among National League shortstops. Howard remains fifth, which is where he was a month ago.
This is the part where I'd normally supply a link and encourage readers to cast their votes for Burrell. Yet the energy somehow escapes me.