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Actually, four Braves are in position to start; Gary Sheffield is third among outfielders behind Bonds and Sosa. Javy has a slim lead over Ivan Rodriguez at catcher; there’s really no doubt that he’s having the best year of an NL catcher and is likely to add to that lead. Marcus leads Jeff Kent by about 35,000 votes. Marcus is slumping, but Kent’s missed five games with a sore wrist. It’s a war of attrition, and Jose Vidro (who’s in fifth) probably should be the starter anyway. Rafael Furcal is leading at shortstop by about 43,000 votes over Edgar Renteria, with nobody else close.

Most inexplicable vote: Vinny is second among third basemen, though far behind Scott Rolen.