Pronk, Martinez seek All-Star support
Indians duo looking to book trip to Midsummer Classic
Travis Hafner isn't first among first basemen, and Victor Martinez has to catch a few catchers.
But Indians fans still have time to push their favorite team's middle-of-the-order hitters to the top of the All-Star Game voting at their respective positions.
In the first American League ballot update released Wednesday, Pronk ranks fourth among first basemen with 176,364 online votes, while Martinez ranks fifth among catchers with 140,033 votes. Those totals do not include in-stadium ballots, which are still being tabulated.
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 Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The AL and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled July 1 on the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised nationally by TBS.
Following the announcement, baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
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.com Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Hafner is hoping he won't have to use those means to follow the game. He'd like to be in the AL dugout. But that's a tall order, with the game being held in a National League park and a fine crop of first basemen competing for the job.
Hafner currently trails David Ortiz 601,770, Jason Giambi 240,030 and Justin Morneau 221,520 in his bid to reach the All-Star Game for the first time.
Martinez, an All-Star in 2004, ranks behind Ivan Rodriguez 370,322, Joe Mauer 328,974, Jason Varitek 301,942 and Jorge Posada 297,928.
Opposing pitchers have done a good job working around Hafner this season, and Martinez has been the benefactor. Through 40 games, Martinez had a .316 average, eight homers and 38 RBIs, and he was batting .408 with runners in scoring position.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.