Wright seeking late push in All-Star Game voting
Mets third baseman slips in polls as Brewers' Ramirez leads at hot corner
ATLANTA -- David Wright is rapidly losing ground in All-Star Game voting, with little time left to overcome the deficit.
Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez extended his lead over Wright from 19,007 to 235,060 votes over the past week, according to totals released Tuesday by Major League Baseball. Balloting ends Thursday evening, giving Wright just two days to stage a late comeback in voting.
No other Mets player ranks at the top five at his position, making Wright the team's only legitimate hope for an All-Star starter.
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Wright, a seven-time All-Star who won the fan vote a year ago, has been sidelined recently by a bruised right shoulder. That injury will keep him out at least until Friday, one day after the voting deadline.
That means Wright will not be able to make his All-Star case on the field. He is batting .277 with six home runs in 79 games, compared to .292 with 11 homers in 58 games for Ramirez. San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval, St. Louis' Matt Carpenter and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier all sit within striking distance of Wright as well.
The Mets' most deserving position player, Daniel Murphy, does not rank among the National League's top five second base vote-getters despite leading that group in hits. Murphy has never made an All-Star team, but has a chance as a reserve even if he does not rally in fan voting.