First round of All-Star voting reminder of how much has changed for Giants


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants organization got another reminder Tuesday of just how far it has fallen.

Buster Posey was the only Giant to crack the top 10 in the All-Star voting results that were released in the morning -- a far cry from even previous down years. Posey ranks eighth among catchers with 79,768 votes, nearly 800,000 behind leader Willson Contreras of the Cubs. He is behind some big names but also trails Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and Colorado's Tony Wolters. 

The Giants did not have any other players listed after the first round of voting, which isn't a shocker given their brutal start that has them 17 1/2 games out in the NL West already. But being this unrepresented in All-Star voting is still something new for an organization that has had plenty of starters over the past decade and pushed voting even during the last two seasons when the big league team lost 187 games. 

In 2017, Posey led the first round of voting with 559,428 votes and ended up being selected as the starter. A year later, he again was in a position to start after the first round of voting. Brandon Crawford's ridiculous hot streak last May had him well ahead of the field in every round and he ended up being the starter at shortstop.

Crawford had 466,000 votes after one round a year ago; this year he did not get the 66,000 required to crack the top 10. 

Brandon Belt was third in the first base voting after one round last year and Joe Panik was fifth at second base. 

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None of the Giants starters are having a season that will put them in the All-Star Game, and the fan base has responded.

The Giants almost certainly will have closer Will Smith as their lone representative. Pitchers are not part of the fan vote. 

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