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06/07/05 8:00 AM ET
Griffey in running for All-Star berth
Slugger ranks fourth among NL outfielders
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
Ken Griffey Jr. could probably retire and still garner All-Star votes. But Griffey put up some numbers in May that were deserving of All-Star consideration, regardless of his enormous popularity. His 26 RBIs in the month ranked third among all Major Leaguers. In the second count of ballots for this year's Midsummer Classic, which takes place July 12 at Detroit's Comerica Park, Griffey remains in strong contention to get a starting nod in the outfield. Griffey, who had reconstructive surgery on his right hamstring last fall, struggled in the first month of this '05 season. But his strong May boosted his season totals, and he remains one of the Reds' most potent offensive players. Through Sunday, Griffey had a .266 average with eight home runs and 36 RBIs. In the latest release of ballot counts, Griffey slipped from third to fourth in the voting for the National League outfield. He has 360,947 votes. Adam Dunn also remained in contention to get voted into the game. He moved up a notch from 15th to 14th among NL outfielders with 182,342 votes. Dunn has been struggling at the plate of late, bringing his average down to .242. However, the left-handed hitting slugger is among the NL leaders with 14 home runs this season. The Reds' strongest All-Star candidate might be shortstop Felipe Lopez, though he is not among the top five vote-getters at his position. Lopez was batting .306 with eight homers and 26 RBIs. The 25-year-old has firmly cemented his starting role on the club, and he's been a productive hitter near the top of the lineup. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites. Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.