06/27/2011 3:14 PM ET
Rickie Weeks overtakes Brandon Phillips in final N.L. balloting update
Final Ballots Available at MLB.com, 30 Club Web Sites until Thurs., June 30th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT); TBS to Air 2011 All-Star Selection Show Presented by Taco Bell on Sun., July 3rd at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has surpassed Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds in the National League's final balloting update for the 82nd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The final American League All-Star balloting update will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28th.
Weeks, who has produced multi-hit contests in seven of his last 12 games, has collected 2,869,583 votes as he vies for his first career All-Star selection. Weeks ranks third in the N.L. with 56 runs scored and his 14 home runs are tied for the most among Major League second basemen. In addition, the Florida native paces all N.L. second basemen in hits (92), doubles (20), walks (31), on-base percentage (.360) and slugging percentage (.498). Phillips, who had been the leader at second base in each of the previous four balloting updates, has received 2,791,186 votes to set up a race to the finish as online balloting concludes at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, June 30th. The 2010 All-Star, who has a six-game hitting streak and an RBI in four consecutive contests, ranks second behind Weeks among N.L. second basemen in runs (48), hits (89), doubles (17) and on-base percentage (.345). Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who has earned the starting job in each of the last five Midsummer Classics, remains a close third with 2,406,965 total votes.
Weeks is joined in the infield by first baseman Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, who has drawn 3,358,432 votes in his attempt for a 10th career All-Star selection and sixth fan-election. Weeks' Milwaukee teammate Prince Fielder, who has totaled 2,903,584 votes, has surpassed Cincinnati's Joey Votto for second place at first base as he inches closer to Pujols, who is currently on the disabled list. Fielder, who leads the N.L. with 68 RBI, is batting .363 (33-for-91) with 10 home runs and 31 RBI over his last 30 games, including a current nine-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .379 (11-for-29). Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki continues to hold off three-time N.L. All-Star Jose Reyes of the New York Mets for the starting job at shortstop. Tulowitzki, who has tallied 2,955,609 votes, leads all Major League shortstops with 14 home runs and 50 RBI while Reyes, who has received 2,710,777 votes, paces the N.L. with a .341 batting average. Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco (3,261,718) continues to hold a comfortable lead over six-time N.L. All-Star Chipper Jones (2,040,594) of the Atlanta Braves to round out the infield at the hot corner.
The N.L. outfield leaders remain unchanged for the final update as Milwaukee's Ryan Braun maintains his overall N.L. lead with 3,923,100 total votes. Cardinals teammates Lance Berkman (3,208,183) and Matt Holliday (2,935,965) rank second and third, while Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers continues his push forward with 2,743,927 votes. Braun, who is currently riding a career-high 17 game hitting streak, ranks second in the N.L. with 57 runs scored and fourth with 59 RBI. Berkman, who ranks third in the N.L. with 18 home runs, is seeking his sixth All-Star selection and first since 2008 while Holliday looks to make his fifth All-Star appearance and first fan-elected start. Kemp is followed by his teammate Andre Ethier (2,264,640) and Jay Bruce (2,119,267) of the Reds.
Atlanta's Brian McCann remains atop the list of N.L. backstops with 3,062,884 votes. The five-time N.L. All-Star, who earned MVP honors in Anaheim in 2010, is seeking his first starting nod behind the dish. McCann leads all Major League catchers with 13 home runs and he leads N.L. catchers with 75 hits, 43 RBI and a .512 slugging percentage. Two-time N.L. All-Star Yadier Molina of the Cardinals remains second behind McCann with 1,836,490 votes.
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 were distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks, each of which had 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. Since the in-stadium phase of balloting concluded on Friday, June 24th, fans 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 at 12:00 p.m. (ET). 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.