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Pujols leads in first National League All-Star balloting results05/30/2006 5:47 PM ET
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who leads Major League Baseball in home runs (25), RBI (64), runs scored (50), total bases (136), slugging percentage (.791), extra-base hits (32) and average with runners in scoring position (.535), is the leading vote-getter in the first National League balloting results for the 77th All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, July 11th at Pittsburgh's PNC Park, it was announced today.
Pujols has drawn 726,854 votes thus far, outdistancing the next top vote-getter by nearly double. Pujols, 26, is averaging one home run per 6.9 at bats and one RBI per 2.7 at bats, both of which lead baseball. In 2005, the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native became the only player in Major League history to hit 30-or-more home runs in each of his first five seasons. The four-time All-Star (2001, 2003-05) has led the first-place Cardinals to a National League-best 33-18 record.
Other National League position leaders are catcher Paul Lo Duca of the Mets (273,059); second baseman Craig Biggio of the Astros (303,616); shortstop David Eckstein of the Cardinals (284,547); third baseman Scott Rolen of the Cardinals (340,733); and Andruw Jones of the Braves (420,462), Carlos Beltran of the Mets (341,769) and Jim Edmonds of the Cardinals (334,027).
The Major League Baseball All-Star Balloting Program is the largest balloting program in professional sports. The fan balloting program will determine the eight position players from each League who will start the 77th All-Star Game. Ameriquest is sponsoring 20 million ballots to be distributed at the 29 U.S. Major League ballparks and 1.9 million ballots to be distributed to 117 Minor League Baseball Clubs that are in-season during the balloting period. MLB International rightsholder Rogers Personal TV is sponsoring in-stadium balloting at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The in-stadium program will conclude at Minor League ballparks by June 17th and at Major League ballparks no later than June 24th. Monster.com online balloting concludes on MLB.com and the 30 Club Web sites on Thursday, June 29th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
The 2006 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 2nd with a total of 16 elected starters, as determined by the fan balloting program, and 46 pitchers and reserves, as determined by the player ballot and the two All-Star Team managers - American League manager Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox and National League manager Phil Garner of the Houston Astros - and Major League Baseball.
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each League's 32-man roster at MLB.com. The 2006 Monster.com All-Star Final Vote will provide fans the opportunity to cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period.
Also, for the second year, fans will be able to vote for their Final Vote selections on their mobile phone. Both winners of the Monster.com All-Star Final Vote will be announced after the voting has concluded on Thursday, July 6th at 6:00 p.m. (EDT).
The 77th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet. XM Satellite Radio will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game.
Remaining announcements will be made on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 31 AL Balloting Release #1
Monday, June 5 NL Balloting Release #2
Tuesday, June 6 AL Balloting Release #2
Monday, June 12 NL Balloting Release #3
Tuesday, June 13 AL Balloting Release #3
Monday, June 19 NL Balloting Release #4
Tuesday, June 20 AL Balloting Release #4
Monday, June 26 NL Balloting Release #5
Tuesday, June 27 AL Balloting Release #5
Sunday, July 2 NL/AL Starters & Reserves Announced
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING UPDATE
May 30, 2006
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