05/30/07 7:55 PM ET
A-Rod, Jeter, Cano pace ASG voting
All three at top of respective positions in first balloting update
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
But in terms of this year's All-Star voting, fans casting ballots online via MLB.com seem to have confidence that the Yankees' big hitters have what it takes to represent the American League's finest this July at San Francisco's AT&T Park.
In early Internet balloting results, no fewer than three Yankees are leading the surge at their respective positions, continuing to tally up clicks as the calendar moves forward to the Midsummer Classic.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez (843,550 votes) and shortstop Derek Jeter (657,383), both in the midst of terrific offensive seasons, pace the way among the left side of AL infields, edging ahead of Boston third baseman Mike Lowell (238,566) and Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada (228,230), respectively.
Rodriguez and Jeter each have more votes than not only any other player in the AL, but in either league.
Meanwhile, second baseman Robinson Cano (322,994) gathered enough support from his .342 batting average in 2006 to propel him through a slow start to 2007. He, too, leads AL players at his position, immediately ahead of Detroit's Placido Polanco (282,251) and Texas' Ian Kinsler (207,170).
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster 2007 All-Star Final Vote. The vote will begin immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1.
Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
As the Yankees close in on the season's two-month mark, others on the Yankees' experienced roster are garnering plenty of attention, but early results indicate they may need a few more late boosts.
Catcher Jorge Posada has arguably been the club's most indispensable player, providing league-leading offense at the plate and a steady demeanor behind it. Yet Posada (297,928) is in a group of four star backstops crowding for attention in the AL, trailing Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez (370,322), Minnesota's Joe Mauer (328,974) and Boston's Jason Varitek (301,942).
In a first base battle of players who are better suited as designated hitters, Jason Giambi (240,030) is running behind Boston's David Ortiz (601,770) to represent the AL defensively, though Minnesota's Jason Morneau (221,520) and Cleveland's Travis Hafner (176,364) are racking up ballots to close the gap.
The American League outfield, if balloting ended now, also might not feature a starting New York player, with Los Angeles' Vladimir Guerrero (578,430), Boston's Manny Ramirez (449,372) and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (362,245) steaming to the front of the crowd, but the Yankee vote is at the ready.
Fans appear to have faith that Bobby Abreu (278,606, fifth) and Johnny Damon (267,605, sixth) will be able to turn around what has ailed their campaigns down the stretch, with Hideki Matsui (216,896, 10th) running behind, but still ahead of numerous other talented candidates.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.