Ichiro leads cast of All-Star candidates
Outfielder in line to extend streak to seven straight seasons
SEATTLE -- In each of his six Major League seasons, Ichiro Suzuki was selected to the American League All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic in right field.He moved to center field almost a month after last year's game was played in Pittsburgh, and that could be where he positions himself on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco for the 2007 All-Star Game. Ichiro heads a list of Mariners' position players vying for fan support and starting status for the 78th Midsummer Classic. In-stadium balloting begins at Safeco Field on April 27 and continues through June 22. Each Major League club has 25 home dates for in-stadium voting. In addition, fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until June 28 at 8:59 p.m. PT. Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster 2007 All-Star Final Vote. The vote will begin immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1.
Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com. The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Ichiro is gaining on Ken Griffey Jr. as the franchise leader in consecutive All-Star selections. Griffey was selected 10 consecutive seasons, from 1990-99.The only Mariners player on the AL team in both 2004 and '05, Ichiro had some company last season. Second baseball Jose Lopez, who had a terrific first half, was named to the team as an injury replacement, joining Harold Reynolds (1987-88), Joey Cora ('97) and Bret Boone (2001-03) as the only All-Star second basemen in franchise history.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.