NEW YORK -- Brian McCann has described his first half-season with the Yankees as "horrible," frustrated by his inconsistent performance at the plate. Yet the veteran backstop still remains within striking distance to be named an American League All-Star.
McCann was surprised to learn that the most recent balloting update released by Major League Baseball has him with 1,624,214 votes, trailing only the Athletics' Derek Norris (1,924,049) among active AL catchers. The Twins' Kurt Suzuki was 598,497 votes behind McCann.
The Orioles' Matt Wieters leads all AL catchers with 2,103,385 votes, but Wieters is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. McCann was asked if it would be awkward to represent the AL in the July 15 game at Target Field, perhaps as a backup, even though he is dissatisfied with his statistics.
"I haven't thought about it at all," McCann said. "I don't deserve to be an All-Star. I'm not an All-Star this year."
McCann entered play on Wednesday batting .220 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 75 games; his .640 OPS is the lowest among the 11 big league catchers with enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.
"He'll figure it out," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He'll work and he'll figure it out and get things going. This is a guy that's got a very good track record, and when you're going through it, it's no fun. He'll get through this."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.