Justin Upton dropped from first among NL outfielders to second behind Carlos Beltran in the latest All-Star balloting released Sunday night. But Upton is still is good standing among the top three outfielders. He’s aiming for his third All-Star appearance but this would be his first as a starter voted in by the fans.
Beltran leads all NL outfielders with 2,385,240 votes, followed by Upton with 2,054,225 and Bryce Harper with 1,981,030. The next-highest vote-getter among outfielders is Ryan Braun, who has 1,645,094.
Brian McCann dropped from fourth to fifth in the voting at catcher, while Chris Johnson remained fourth among third basemen, Freddie Freeman fifth among first basemen and Andrelton Simmons fifth among shortstops.
Former Braves are likely to dominate the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 more than any team has in quite a while, and Bobby Cox could get the ball rolling Monday when the Veterans Committee announces its selections.
The Atlanta Braves delivered their pitch to real estate developers Friday, formally opening the search for a partner on a proposed $400 million mixed-use development adjacent to a new Cobb County stadium.
Atlanta Braves executives will return to work from their Thanksgiving travels Monday, still thankful for $300 million in public funding for a new stadium but aware that last week’s vote by the Cobb County Commission signaled the start of an unforgiving timetable to get the ballpark built by 2017.