Final voting update puts Mauer second at catcher

Final voting update puts Mauer second at catcher

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer remained in second place in balloting for American League catchers for the 2012 All-Star Game, according to the fourth ballot update released on Monday.

Mauer leads all AL catchers with a .316 batting average, tied for fifth among all players in the Junior Circuit. He's also just one of two players in the AL with an on-base percentage above .400, as his .416 clip ranks a close second to Paul Konerko's .417 OBP.

He also leads AL catchers with 72 hits and 16 doubles, while he's second in runs scored behind Rangers backstop Mike Napoli, who remains in first place among AL catchers in the balloting for the Midsummer Classic in Kansas City.

Among advanced statistics, Mauer also ranks first among AL catchers in Wins Above Replacement (WAR), according to Fangraphs.com. Mauer has currently been worth 2.2 WAR, which ranks ahead of A.J. Pierzynski of the White Sox (2.1), Matt Wieters of the Orioles (2.1) Carlos Santana of the Indians (1.3) and Napoli (1.1).

Mauer has also stayed on the field this season after playing in just 82 games last year because of various injuries. The backstop has played in 63 of the Twins' 71 games this season but missed time last week with a bruised right quad.

Mauer is a four-time All-Star who was voted in as a starter from 2008-10. He was also the leading vote-getter in the Majors in '10.

He remains as the only Twins player in the top five at their respective positions on the ballot. Josh Willingham remains outside the top 15 among outfielders despite his 15 homers, 20 doubles and .937 OPS.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled Sunday on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Other Twins on the ballot are designated hitter Justin Morneau, second baseman Alexi Casilla, shortstop Jamey Carroll, outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere and first baseman Chris Parmelee. Third baseman Danny Valencia is also on the ballot, but he's currently at Triple-A Rochester.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.