Kemp, still out with a strained left hamstring, had 3,322,009 votes. He leads Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto by roughly 170,000 votes.
The 27-year-old Kemp started the 2011 Midsummer Classic, and could give the Dodgers a fan-elected starter in three consecutive Midsummer Classics for the first time since balloting began in 1970.
Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals is still second among outfielders and the Giants' Melky Cabrera passed the Brewers' Ryan Braun for third place. Ethier, an All-Star for the first time last year, and the league RBI leader, trails Braun by more than 600,000 votes.
No other Dodgers position player is in contention for a starting bid.
MLB's All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports. Last year's program produced a record-shattering total of 32.5 million ballots cast. More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks. Each of which will have 23 dates for balloting. The ballots are also available in approximately 100 Minor League ballparks. Fans around the world can also cast their votes for starters up to 25 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites - online or via their mobile devices -- with the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot. During the voting period, the All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot will be available in English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese versions and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans.
Every Major Club began its in-stadium balloting no later than Tuesday, May 8. When the in-stadium phase of balloting concludes on Friday, June 22, fans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots exclusively online at MLB.com, the 30 Club Web sites and their mobile devices until Thursday, June 28 at 8:59 p.m. (PT).
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1 on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on TBS. The A.L. All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the N.L. All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads - totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. - will be determined through a combination of "Player Ballot" choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers - A.L. skipper Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and N.L. manager Tony La Russa - in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, July 1, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period, and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 5th. Now in its eighth year, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on their mobile phones.
The final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year's recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less