Posey holds commanding lead to start ASG

Catcher has nearly double the votes of second-place Contreras

Posey holds commanding lead to start ASG

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey crept closer to emerging on top of the fan balloting among National League catchers for this year's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, which would result in his second straight starting berth in the Midsummer Classic and his fifth spot on the NL squad overall.

Posey had received 1,890,039 votes in the latest NL voting update announced Monday on MLB Network. Posey, who has remained among the Major League batting leaders through much of the season, has almost doubled the vote total garnered by Chicago's Willson Contreras, who is in second place with 957,933 votes.

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St. Louis' Yadier Molina (857,109 votes), Washington's Matt Wieters (573,072) and Los Angeles' Yasmani Grandal (525,432) complete the top five in voting.

Posey, the lone Giant to appear among the top five vote recipients at any position, also was elected by fans to start in 2012.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.