Near in the middle of the 19th century, William L. Marcy, a senator from New York, coined a phrase that could resonate with the current All-Star voting.
When the first National League numbers were announced Wednesday by Major League Baseball, the results were top-heavy with players from achieving teams. Regarding moral reforms in Jacksonian America, Marcy said that in politics as well as war, “to the victor belong the spoils.”
And so with the All-Star voting, to the victors belong starters on the National League squad. The mid-summer classic is scheduled for The Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday July 14.
That puts achievers like the Diamondbacks’ first basemen Paul Goldschmidt fighting for recognition.
Then again, as the saying goes, Goldschmidt has ‘em right where he wants ‘em.
With initial numbers presented Wednesday, Goldschmidt was third among National League first basemen with 480,019 votes. That’s just over 9,000 votes behind the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, whom Goldschmidt dueled last weekend in Chase Field, but nearly 500,000 votes behind Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, the leader.
Though he eventually started last year’s All-Star Classic in Target Field, Goldschmidt was fifth when the first numbers were announced last May 28. He then proceeded to pick up nearly 3,000,000 votes over the final four updates, and gained the starting spot.
With Goldschmidt, Gonzalez and Rizzo at first, that could be the National League’s strongest position.
While Goldschmidt is among the leading vote-getters at first, he is only Arizona player near the top of any position.
Major League Baseball released figures for the top five vote-getters in each position, and the top 15 among outfielders.
The only former Arizona players to reach near the top were Miguel Montero (Cubs), third among catchers, and left-fielder Justin Upton (Padres), ninth among outfielders.
Here is the first National League All-Star update released by Major League Baseball.
1. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers, 929,016
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs, 489,255
3. Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs, 480,019
4. Matt Adams, Cardinals, 420,771
5. Joey Votto, Reds, 384,285
1. Dee Gordon, Marlins, 934,249
2. Kolten Wong, Cardinals, 582,238
3. Howie Kendrick, Dodgers, 385,427
4. Brandon Phillips, Reds, 337,146
5. Joe Panik, Giants, 333,853
1. Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals, 595,741
2. Starlin Castro, Cubs, 571,574
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 525,917
4. Zack Cozart, Reds, 431,365
5. Brandon Crawford, Giants, 417,604
1. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, 1,113,060
2. Kris Bryant, Cubs, 583,583
3. Todd Frazier, Reds, 424,035
4. David Wright, Mets, 327,319
5. Nolan Arenado, Rockies, 309,823
1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals, 859,520
2. Buster Posey, Giants, 759,187
3. Miguel Montero, Cubs, 347,329
4. A.J. Pierzynski, Braves, 347,094
5. Derek Norris, Padres, 275,067
1. Bryce Harper, Nationals, 1,116,582
2. Matt Holliday, Cardinals, 979,008
3. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins, 746,926
4. Nori Aoki, Giants, 441,407
5. Angel Pagan, Giants, 413,843
6. Joc Pederson, Dodgers, 390,885
7. Jason Heyward, Cardinals, 388,838
8. Matt Kemp, Padres, 375,172
9. Justin Upton, Padres, 368,868
10. Corey Dickerson, Rockies, 354,252
11. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, 339,566
12. Jon Jay, Cardinals, 333,040
13. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers, 322,756
14. Dexter Fowler, Cubs, 311,908
15. Jorge Soler, Cubs, 291,658
After swept by the Cardinals in St Louis, the Diamondbacks move on to Milwaukee and a three-game weekend set.
Off on Thursday, the schedule resumes in Miller Park Friday night with righty Rubby De La Rosa (4-2, 417 ERA) taking in the Brewers’ Jimmy Nelson (2-5, 3.67), a right-hander.
On Saturday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Arizona time, look for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (2-3, 5.33) to oppose right-hander Kyle Lohse (2-5, 5.80). For the Sunday afternoon finale, Chase Anderson (1-1, 2.54) gets the ball from manager Chip Hale, and draws righty Matt Garza (2-7, 6.00) as his mound opponent.
Then, the Diamondbacks return home for a seven-game home stand. They’ll engage the Braves for three and the Mets for four.
Right-hander Archie Bradley (2-2, 5.28 ERA) opens the home stand for Arizona this coming Monday night.