06/21/05 12:00 PM ET
Jones faces long odds in All-Star vote
Giles, Furcal still in the running for roster spots in Detroit
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
With just a little more than a week left for fans to cast ballots online, Jones ranks 10th among National League outfielders. Leading that group are the Mets' Carlos Beltran, the Cardinals' Jim Edmonds and the Phillies' Bobby Abreu.
While Jones' power numbers are there, his traditional inconsistencies have hurt his overall statistics this year. But the seven-time Gold Glove winner is still regarded by many to be the best defensive outfielder in the game today and possibly of all time.
Fans can cast their votes up to 25 times with the Ameriquest All-Star Online Ballot, which is available exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 club sites. Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30.
Ballots also are still being punched at some Major League ballparks. Fans can cast their ballots at Turner Field through Friday's game against the Orioles.
Marcus Giles, who has gotten plenty of attention from fans the past two seasons, is ranked fifth in the balloting for the National League's second baseman.
Leading the NL second basemen is the Dodgers' Jeff Kent, who holds a 441,479-vote advantage over his nearest competitor, the Cardinals' Mark Grudzielanek. Giles, who was voted the NL's starting second baseman in 2003, has 349,333 votes.
Giles' double-play partner, Rafael Furcal, ranks fifth in the balloting among NL shortstops. Furcal now trails frontrunner Cesar Izturis by 293,960 votes.
Chipper Jones, who was placed on the disabled list two weeks ago, ranks third among NL third basemen. Johnny Estrada, the Braves' lone All-Star representative last year, doesn't rank in the top five in the balloting for the NL's starting catcher.
From July 3-6, fans will once again be able to participate in the Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote, which determines the final position player for each league's 32-man roster.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.