06/14/2011 3:42 PM ET
Gonzalez overtakes Teixeira In latest A.L. All-Star balloting update
Hamilton holding on as Ellsbury Climbs; Bautista first to 3,000,000 votes
Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, a three-time National League All-Star, has surpassed Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees as the leading vote-getter at first base in the third American League balloting figures for the 82nd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field.
Gonzalez, who is bidding for his first A.L. All-Star appearance and his first starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic, has received 2,027,537 votes. In his first year with the Boston, Gonzalez leads the Majors with 60 RBI and 22 doubles, leads the A.L. with 91 hits and a .341 batting average, and has driven in at least one run in nine straight games dating back to June 3rd. Teixeira, a two-time fan-elected starter for the A.L., has totaled 1,774,024 votes.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, a first-time All-Star in 2010, remains the top vote-getter in the Major Leagues with 3,042,091 total votes. Bautista, who has reached base safely in 55 of his 58 games this season, leads the Majors with 21 home runs and a .489 on-base percentage while ranking second with 52 runs scored. Bautista is joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson of the Yankees, who has received 2,406,946 votes in his bid for a second All-Star selection and first starting assignment. Granderson, who became the first Yankees outfielder to hit at least 20 home runs in the team's first 62 games since Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961, leads the Majors with 54 runs scored and is tied for second behind Bautista with 20 home runs. Three-time A.L. All-Star Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers rounds out the outfield with 1,799,339 votes. The 2010 A.L. MVP is followed closely by a surging Jacoby Ellsbury (1,447,715) of the Red Sox, who has risen to fourth place among A.L. outfielders. Ellsbury, who is looking to become an All-Star for the first time, is followed by 10-time A.L. All-Star Ichiro Suzuki (1,231,035) of the Seattle Mariners and 2009 All-Star Game MVP and four-time A.L. All-Star Carl Crawford (1,222,687) of the Red Sox.
Two-time A.L. All-Star Robinson Cano of the Yankees continues to hold a comfortable lead at second base and remains second to Bautista for the Major Leagues' leading vote-getter with 2,649,737 votes. Cano, who is followed at second by three-time A.L. All-Star Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox (1,518,231), is joined up the middle by his double-play partner Derek Jeter, and their Yankee teammate Alex Rodriguez completes the infield at the hot corner. Jeter, who sits just six hits shy of becoming the 28th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits, has garnered 1,931,670 votes and continues to hold off Asdrubal Cabrera (1,647,802) of the Cleveland Indians. The 11-time All-Star, who has started at shortstop in each of the last five Midsummer Classics, would join Cal Ripken, Jr. (A.L., eight straight, 1989-96) and Ozzie Smith (N.L., 10 straight, 1983-92) as the only shortstops to start six straight All-Star Games. Rodriguez, who has earned 2,063,520 votes, has maintained his advantage over 2010 A.L. All-Star Adrian Beltre (1,752,729) of the Rangers. The 13-time A.L. All-Star, who previously drew six fan-elected starts at shortstop, is seeking his sixth fan-election at third base, and he would join Ripken (17), Rod Carew (15), Ken Griffey, Jr. (13), Barry Bonds (12), Ivan Rodriguez (12) and Smith (12) as the only players in history to earn at least 12 fan elections.
Yankees backstop Russell Martin continues to hold a lead behind the plate with 1,712,156 votes. Martin, a two-time N.L. All-Star and fan-elected starter in 2007, is followed by Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (1,093,070), who has moved into second place ahead of four-time A.L. All-Star Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, who was MLB's top overall vote-getter in 2010.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who ranks fourth in the A.L. with a .325 batting average and is tied for fourth with 17 home runs, has received 1,974,918 votes. The six-time A.L. All-Star and four-time fan-elected starter leads six-time A.L. All-Star Michael Young (1,428,833) of the Rangers at designated hitter.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports. More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks, each of which will have 23 home dates for balloting, and in approximately 100 Minor League ballparks. Every Major League Club began its in-stadium balloting no later than Tuesday, May 10th.
Fans around the world can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites - online or via their mobile devices - with the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint, which offers English and Spanish-language versions of the online ballot as well as audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans. When the in-stadium phase of balloting concludes on Friday, June 24th, fans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club Web sites until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
Firestone, the official tire of MLB, is once again the exclusive sponsor of the 2011 In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program. The ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, in which a winner will win a trip for two to MLB All-Star Week, including hotel, airfare, tickets to the All-Star Game and other MLB All-Star Week events, and a set of four Firestone tires.
Scotts, the official lawn care company of MLB, is once again the sponsor of the retail All-Star Balloting Program, which began on May 10th at more than 1,700 Lowes stores across the country. The Scotts ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, where a winner and one guest will win a trip to the MLB All-Star Week including hotel, airfare, tickets to the All-Star Game, and a $500 MasterCard gift card.
Banco BHD sponsors All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available online at lasmayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball, and at All-Star balloting terminals across more than 80 branches, through June 30th.
The 2011 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 3rd on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on TBS. The American League All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the National League All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads - totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. - will be determined through a combination of "Player Ballot" choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers - National League manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and American League skipper Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers - in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, July 3rd, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 7th. Now in its seventh year, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on their mobile phones, courtesy of Sprint.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (PDT). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or dbacks.com/asg.