06/07/05 8:00 AM ET
Glaus seeking fourth All-Star berth
Gonzalez, Counsell also deserving of consideration
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Their success on the field so far this year hasn't translated at the ballot box, as only Troy Glaus ranks in the top five at any position.
Glaus, with 306,062 votes, remained third in the fan voting, trailing the Cardinals' Scott Rolen and the Braves' Chipper Jones. It was a tough week for Glaus at the plate as he went homerless, but he still ranks among the National League leaders.
Signed as a free agent last offseason, Glaus has shown that he's completely over last year's shoulder injury. He has given the Diamondbacks the true cleanup hitter they've lacked in recent years, and his presence has helped No. 3 hitter Luis Gonzalez, who is seeing better pitches to hit.
Surprisingly, Gonzalez, who has swung a hot bat for the D-Backs, was not even among the top 15 NL outfielders.
Glaus has appeared in three All-Star Games. He was a reserve in 2000 and 2001 and was voted in as a starter in 2003, becoming the first Angels player to start an All-Star Game since Wally Joyner did so in 1986.
Along with Gonzalez, second baseman Craig Counsell certainly deserves some consideration from fans. Counsell has done a great job for the Diamondbacks in the leadoff role. He entered Sunday's game with a .416 on-base percentage and a team-leading nine stolen bases. Jeff Kent is the NL's leading vote getter at second, followed by Craig Biggio.
Diamondbacks fans can make their voices heard this week when the team returns home for a six-game homestand with the Twins and Royals.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Online Ballot. Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30.
Arizona fans can vote at Bank One Ballpark through June 26.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.