Cabrera knocking on the All-Star door
Left fielder currently fourth among NL outfielders
A few days ago in Atlanta, Miguel Cabrera posted a career-high six RBIs in his second multi-homer game of the season.
Delivering big numbers is nothing new for the Marlins' 21-year-old left fielder.
One of the rising stars in the league, Cabrera stands an excellent chance of being selected to his second straight All-Star Game.
And as the All-Star voting winds down, Cabrera has an outside chance of doing something only one Marlin has ever accomplished -- being voted into the National League's starting lineup. In 1993, Gary Sheffield was elected the starting third baseman, but most of those votes came while he was with the Padres shortly before the Marlins acquired him in a trade.
Cabrera ranks fourth among NL outfielders with 917,985 votes, according to numbers released on Tuesday. Cabrera's trying to catch the Mets' Carlos Beltran, who is third.
Catcher Paul Lo Duca is the only other Marlin in the top five in voting. Lo Duca held his ground at second place in the voting for catcher, with 795,635 total tallies, 378,154 votes shy of Mets backstop Mike Piazza.
Delgado ranks seventh at first base, with 287,657 votes, about 1.4 million votes behind position leader Albert Pujols.
Lo Duca and Delgado each have been All-Stars twice, with the Dodgers and Blue Jays, respectively. Each has a strong chance of being selected this season.
Cabrera, the Venezuelan phenom, is in his third Major League season, and likely will be recognized as an All-Star for the second straight year.
The Marlins have an excellent chance of being well represented at the All-Star Game, which will be played on July 12 at Detroit.
Pitcher Dontrelle Willis, now 12-2 with a 1.76 ERA, is strongly being considered to start for the National League. That decision will be made by manager Tony La Russa of the Cardinals.
The 2005 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, which will air live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3. The program will feature the announcement of the 17 elected starters, as determined by the fan balloting program, and 45 pitchers and reserves, as determined by the player ballot and the two All-Star team managers -- Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox and La Russa -- and Major League Baseball.
Immediately following the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each league's 32-man roster at MLB.com. The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will provide fans the opportunity to cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over a three-day period.
There will be two ways for fans to participate in the 2005 All-Star Final Vote -- online at MLB.com, or from a cell phone. Fans can simply text the word "VOTE" to 69652 (MYMLB) and be instantly registered to receive Final Vote ballots. Then, for just 99 cents a ballot, they'll have the freedom to cast a ballot from wherever they are. Fans can pre-register for the mobile ballot now.The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will conclude on Wednesday, July 6, at 8 p.m. ET. The two winners will be announced on ESPN and MLB.com shortly thereafter. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the 76th All-Star Game via the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Game MVP Vote on 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, MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage on the Internet.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.