Nearly all your All-Star Game online voting paid off, thankfully. Yadier Molina received the most votes in the National League as he was elected the starting catching and Carlos Beltran received the most votes of any outfielder.
And, though he didn’t quite catch that loudmouth from Cincinnati in the fan vote, Matt Carpenter was chosen by his peers — as was Adam Wainwright. And All-Star Game and Giants manager Bruce Bochy selected Allen Craig.
All of which adds up to five All-Stars for the Cards, the most of any team in the National League and the third time in the last four years they’ve had at least five All-Stars, according to Jenifer Langosch at Cardinals.com.
This is Yadi’s fifth consecutive time being named to the All-Star team, and his third time as a starter. For Beltran, it’s All-Star Game number eight and it’s the second time as an All-Star for Wainwright.
Carpenter and Craig are first-time All-Stars. As Langosch wrote about Matt:
For Carpenter the honor comes just months after he competed for a starting job at second base, a position that he learned through a crash course of work during the offseason. After earning a starting role with a stellar spring, Carpenter has thrived with the everyday opportunities.
Pretty impressive, to say the least
And, as with the case for all five of the Cards All-Stars, very well deserved. It’s too bad there wasn’t room for Edward Mujica as well.
The All-Star Game is July 16 at Citi Field in New York.