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06/13/05 12:00 PM ET
Still time to give Indians All-Star boost
By Justice B. Hill / MLB.com
Fans are running out of time to vote at Jacobs Field for their favorite Indians player to make the American League All-Star team. Balloting ends at the ballpark June 26, although Indians fans can continue to vote online until June 30 for second baseman Ronnie Belliard, outfielder Coco Crisp and the other seven Indians whose names made the 2005 ballot. That's the same deadline they have for writing in the names of players, a category into which center fielder Grady Sizemore would fall because his name isn't on the official ballot. But Sizemore has been the most consistent Indians players, and Belliard has been putting up solid numbers as well, though he's not having the sizzling first half of hitting that he put together in 2004 when he earned his first trip to the All-Star Game. Still, his overall play has helped Belliard stack up favorably beside more heralded second basemen like Brian Roberts and Alfonso Soriano. Belliard is making another strong case for selection to the '05 team. Through 61 games, he leads the team in homers with eight, an oddity on a team with bigger men like Victor Martinez, Ben Broussard and Travis Hafner. Belliard was hitting .298, and his RBI total of 26 tied him with Broussard for the team lead through 61 games. Nobody expects that kind of power and RBI production from the energetic infielder, but they do expect him to play defense like some of the top infielders at his position. In that area, the 30-year-old Belliard has done as well as ever. He's been the same fluid fielder who surprised Indians fans with this glove work last season. His play in general has been one of the few bright spots among the everyday players in the Indians lineup, and his play merits an Indians fan's consideration when it comes to selecting the starting lineup for the All-Star Game in Comerica Park on July 12. In balloting sponsored by Ameriquest Mortgage Co., Tribe fans can vote for Belliard, Crisp and the other Indians on the ballot at MLB.com and indians.com, as well as at Jacobs Field and Indians Team Shops across Northeast Ohio.
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.