LaHair in top five in latest All-Star vote update

LaHair in top five in latest All-Star vote update

MILWAUKEE -- For Bryan LaHair, just seeing his name on the All-Star ballot was a major accomplishment. To be among the top five in the balloting is even sweeter.

The Cubs infielder, who made a Major League team's Opening Day roster this year for the first time in his career after nine years in the Minor Leagues, is fourth among National League first basemen in the updated All-Star vote totals, released Tuesday.

Cincinnati's Joey Votto leads the field with 1,314,516 votes and is followed by St. Louis' Lance Berkman and Atlanta's Freddie Freeman. LaHair has received 391,497 votes.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is third among NL shortstops, trailing the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki and the Cardinals' Rafael Furcal. Castro has 526,811 votes to Tulowitzki's 823,708.

Entering Tuesday's action, LaHair, 29, was batting .312 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs this season. One year ago, he was at Triple-A Iowa, belting homers en route to winning the Pacific Coast League MVP award. He's worked hard to get to this point.

"For awhile now, since I was in the Minors, I always believed I could do it and always wondered why I wasn't getting the opportunity," LaHair said Tuesday.

"To be standing here today, talking to you about this possibility is mind-boggling for me in a way," he said. "You go from believing you can be the best to wondering if you'll ever get an opportunity to being considered an All-Star. Those three drastic changes in the whole process are just humbling for me. My family, they see what I'm doing and the numbers, but it's just a humbling experience. To go from this point to that point to that point just like that is a good feeling."

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, June 28, 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 on Sunday, July 1, 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 also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Castro, 22, was the Cubs' lone All-Star representative last year.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.