Braun not a long shot to reach Bronx
Reigning Rookie of the Year hopes to add All-Star to resume
Ryan Braun has his big new contract, and now he has a chance to make it to his first All-Star Game.Braun is ranked ninth among National League outfielders in online balloting for the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, the only Brewers outfielder in the top 15. Prince Fielder, who last year was the NL's top overall vote-getter and started the All-Star Game, is fourth among first basemen. Bill Hall is fifth among third baseman.
Braun, who is in his first full season, inked a seven-year contract extension earlier this month that will keep him in a Brewers uniform through at least his first two years of free agency. He burst onto the Major League scene on May 25 of last year and went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, leading the NL in slugging percentage .The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD, and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game. The Midsummer Classic will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, 1960 and 1977; the Polo Grounds held the game in 1934 and 1942; Ebbets Field was the site in 1949; and Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 tilt. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Wednesday, July 2 at 10:59 p.m. CT. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on Sunday, July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote at MLB.com. And the voting doesn't end there. 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 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.