Wailuku’s Suzuki ranked 5th among AL Catchers in first MLB All Star Game ballot update

Kurt Suzuki // AP
Kurt Suzuki // AP

The first round of all-star voting results were released Tuesday, where Maui native and Twins Catcher Kurt Suzuki ranks fifth among American league back-stops with 187,766 votes. That puts him well behind the position leader, former Hawaii Winter Baseball standout Matt Wieters of Baltimore who had 540,258 votes.

Through 41 games this season, his first in Minnesota, Suzuki is batting .299 with 10 doubles, 2 home runs, 27 RBI, with 14 walks to just 12 strikeouts. In Suzuki’s 8 year MLB career he has never been named an All-Star, and according to baseball-reference.com fellow Valley-Isle native Shane Victorino (2009 & 2011) is the only Hawaii born position player to be named to an All-Star Game.

Voting will continue to July 3rd, To vote you can click here.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, locally on KHON2 on July 15th.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS

CATCHER
1. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 540,258
2. Brian McCann, Yankees: 373,169
3. Derek Norris, A’s: 215,110
4. A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox: 188,288
5. Kurt Suzuki, Twins: 187,766
FIRST BASE
1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 440,407
2. Albert Pujols, Angels: 371,193
3. Jose Abreu, White Sox: 367,617
4. Chris Davis, Orioles: 238,730
5. Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 201,123
SECOND BASE
1. Ian Kinsler, Tigers: 356,244
2. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 350,293
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 343,321
4. Brian Dozier, Twins: 194,941
5. Howie Kendrick, Angels: 165,003
THIRD BASE
1. Josh Donaldson, A’s: 464,367
2. Evan Longoria, Rays: 407,724
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 281,460
4. Manny Machado, Orioles: 263,029
5. Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 157,768
SHORTSTOP
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees: 602,525
2. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox: 472,537
3. J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 265,923
4. Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 166,907
5. Jed Lowrie, A’s: 142,622
DESIGNATED HITTER
1. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 501,808
2. Nelson Cruz, Orioles: 484,186
3. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 340,827
4. Alfonso Soriano, Yankees: 221,378
5. Brandon Moss, A’s: 144,319
OUTFIELD
1. Mike Trout, Angels: 764,007
2. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 675,290
3. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 417,452
4. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 401,101
5. Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays: 364,506
6. Torii Hunter, Tigers: 322,736
7. Adam Jones, Orioles: 285,913
8. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers: 271,521
9. Yoenis Cespedes, A’s: 249,674
10. Nick Markakis, Orioles: 248,886
11. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 197,577
12. Josh Hamilton, Angels: 188,918
13. Rajai Davis, Tigers: 186,913
14. Austin Jackson, Tigers: 175,165
15. Alex Rios, Rangers: 167,261

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