Kinsler, Hamilton continue leading ballot
Rangers outfielder, first baseman could start in St. Louis
ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler and outfielder Josh Hamilton continue to have the best shots among Rangers at starting for the American League in the 2009 All-Star Game on July 14 at 7 p.m. CT in St. Louis.
Kinsler continues to lead all American League second basemen in voting (787,619), according to the latest balloting update on Tuesday. Kinsler is up on the AL East, with Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox second, Robinson Cano of the Yankees in third, Aaron Hill of the Blue Jays fourth and Placido Polanco of the Tigers fifth.Hamilton, who was in the American League starting lineup in 2008, is second among outfielders (685,463), just behind Jason Bay of the Red Sox and ahead of Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners. Hamilton put on a show during last year's Home Run Derby and has indicated that he would like to participate again this year if selected. "If I go, I'd probably do it," Hamilton said. "The only reason people are voting for me is so they can see me in the Home Run Derby." Hamilton hit a record 28 home runs in the first round of the Derby last year at Yankee Stadium before losing to Justin Morneau in the finals. Three of his blasts were measured at over 500 feet. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 10:59 p.m. CT. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint 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 Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com. The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage. The Rangers continue to do well in the overall voting. Michael Young is second among third basemen (441,912), shortstop Elvis Andrus (393,906) and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (401,375) are third at their positions and first baseman Chris Davis is fifth (320,912). In the outfield, Nelson Cruz is ninth (390,903).
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.