A-Rod, Jeter pace All-Star voting
Left-side infielders Nos. 1 and 2 among all vote-getters
CHICAGO -- Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have been among the brightest stars for the Yankees once again this season, and their contributions are not being overlooked by baseball fans in balloting for the 2007 All-Star Game.Neither is the star potential of Robinson Cano, as no fewer than three Yankees players are leading the surge at their respective positions, continuing to tally up clicks as the calendar moves forward to the Midsummer Classic. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez (1,058,907 votes) and shortstop Derek Jeter (848,932), both in the midst of terrific offensive seasons, pace the way among the left side of the American League infields, edging ahead of Boston third baseman Mike Lowell (352,923) and Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada (290,856), respectively. Rodriguez and Jeter not only have more votes than any other player in the AL, but more than any player in either league. Meanwhile, Cano (389,265) is continuing to gather enough support to propel him through a slow on-field start to 2007. He leads AL players at second base, immediately ahead of Detroit's Placido Polanco (381,051) and Texas' Ian Kinsler (236,774). Fans can cast their votes for position players up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until June 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 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.
As the Yankees slide past the season's two-month mark, others on the Yankees' experienced roster are garnering plenty of attention, but early results indicate they may need a few more late boosts.Catcher Jorge Posada has arguably been the club's most indispensable player, providing league-leading offense at the plate and a steady demeanor behind it. Yet Posada (392,908) trails in a group of four star backstops jockeying for position. Posada is in fourth behind Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez (469,696), Minnesota's Joe Mauer (438,365) and Boston's Jason Varitek (413,153). The AL outfield, if balloting ended now, also might not feature a starting New York player, with Los Angeles' Vladimir Guerrero (782,268), Boston's Manny Ramirez (600,463) and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (503,229) steaming to the front of the crowd. Bobby Abreu (322,315) and Johnny Damon (319,276) have lost ground in their bids to be All-Stars, with Hideki Matsui (268,544) also running behind. Injured first baseman Jason Giambi (283,006) is still riding a wave of support, but any selection to the team would be purely ceremonial, as the slugger is not expected back in time to take part in the Midsummer Classic. David Ortiz leads all AL first basemen with 775,734 votes.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.