Time to vote for All-Stars running out
Renteria, Chipper, McCann could use surge of fan votes
ATLANTA -- Last year, three Braves were named to the All-Star team via votes cast by National League players and managers. With several Braves on the outside looking in to being voted in by the fans, Atlanta's players could see a repeat of 2006.
Shortstop Edgar Renteria, who was an All-Star last season, is having another season worthy of selection to the game. Renteria has held Atlanta's offense together during the injury to Chipper Jones and the struggles of Andruw Jones.
Still, Renteria (427,338 votes) is fifth in the voting, trailing Jose Reyes (1,017,893 votes), J.J. Hardy, Rafael Furcal and Jimmy Rollins. It appears his only chance to make the game, to be played on Tuesday, July 10, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, will be through player and manager voting.
That's true also for Chipper Jones, who picked up where he left off when he was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Jones, who had seven hits in his first four games after missing 19 games, is third among National League third basemen. Jones (626,964 votes) is a five-time All-Star, but injury-plagued seasons like the one he's currently experiencing have kept him from being named to the team since 2001.
Also third is catcher Brian McCann, who has received several days off lately with the recurrence of an ankle injury he suffered last year. McCann made the All-Star team as a reserve last season, his first full year in the Major Leagues.
Time to cast ballots at Turner Field is running out, as the voting ends there Tuesday.
Atlanta outfielder Andruw Jones also remains fifth in the voting. He was named as a reserve last season, but the signs he has shown of breaking out of a season-long slump have proven only temporary. Jeff Francoeur is 11th in the outfield voting, down from ninth when fan ballots were last released.
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 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 Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Jeff Lutz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.