ST. LOUIS, MO — Third baseman Nolan Arenado and catcher Yadier Molina have been named finalists for starting spots in the 2021 All-Star Game for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.
All-Star Game starters will be unveiled on Thursday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN after the results of Phase 2 balloting. The rest of the 2021 All-Star rosters will be named on Sunday, July 4, at 4:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Arenado and Molina are each looking to add more All-Star selection to their career accomplishments. The former is seeking his sixth Midsummer Classic nod, back in his old home at Coors Field, and the latter his 10th, on the date of his 39th birthday.
Arenado, at 939,315 votes, finished 586,871 votes behind top third baseman vote-getter in Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs. Molina, at 934,413 votes, finished 910,629 votes behind top catcher Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants. Voting totals start over in Phase 2.
Absent from the next round of voting, notably, is Tyler O'Neill, who was able to advance to Phase 2. O'Neill sits in ninth place among NL outfielders as of Monday.
O'Neill was edged by Mike Yastrzemski of the San Francisco Giants. However, the Canadian native can still make the National League All-Star team as a reserve.
For Arenado and Molina, their advance to the next round comes amid their equally impressive and lively seasons. Arenado is putting his best offensive season by the park-adjusted OPS+ sitting at 135.
On the other hand, Molina was on pace for one of the finest offensive seasons before cooling down in June. But, the Puerto Rico native is still performing far better than his previous two seasons. In addition, he's still one of the best defensive catchers in the league.
Pitchers are not included in the fan voting phase. However, closer Alex Reyes stands to have a chance to represent the Cardinals as their lone pitcher in Denver.
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