Fielder, Hardy among voting leaders
Young Brewers making push for All-Star roster spot
MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder leads all National League first basemen in several offensive statistics, but he continues to trail the Cardinals' Albert Pujols in one key category as the 2007 All-Star Game approaches -- fan votes.
Fielder leads the Senior Circuit with 19 home runs has 44 RBIs, a stellar .621 slugging percentage and a .998 on-base plus slugging percentage. All those numbers rank first among NL first basemen.
But Fielder lies in second place with 399,315 votes, nearly 90,000 votes behind Pujols. The Cardinals star, batting .292 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs, is currently in line to start the All-Star Game.
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.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able to 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.
Several other Brewers are in the hunt for a starting spot on the NL team.
J.J. Hardy ranks second among shortstops behind the Mets' Jose Reyes. Hardy leads all shortstops with 16 homers and 47 RBIs. Reyes, the speedy leadoff hitter, is considered a Most Valuable Player candidate, leading the Majors with 30 stolen bases.
Meanwhile, Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is third in the NL voting and Johnny Estrada lies in the fourth spot among NL catchers. Left fielder Geoff Jenkins and center fielder Bill Hall rank among the top 15 outfielders.
Kelvin Ang is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.