This year’s All Star game in Anaheim will have some new faces and some familiar ones too if the All Star voting doesn’t fluctuate.
Philly fans have 5 players in contention for starting spots: Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Placido Polonco, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard. Howard may need some help as Albert Pujols leads Ryan Howard in The NL race for 1st base by 500,000 votes.
Chase Utley is the clear leader at 2nd base over Richie Weeks of the Brewers
Placido Polonco has a 125,000 vote lead over David Wright (NYM)
Jimmy Rollings is in a tight race with Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Fla Marlins) trailing by only 20,000
Cards Yadier Molina is leading in the NL catcher category as the week begins
And OFs leader Ryan Braun Brewers Jayson Werth Phils Andre Ethier (LAD) are being challenged by Shane Victorino and Jason Heyward the Braves Rookie superman who has impressed his inaugural year with power, defense, and and speed.
Stephen Strasburg with only 2 starts seems to be a fan favorite if the attendance in his two starts is any indication. Two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum should be headed back along with Leake from the Cincinnati reds
American League leaders have few surprises for their top vote getters.
Justin Morneau is ahead of Yankees’ Mark Teixeira by 40,000. It’s a battle between reputations as Morneau has been hurt and although Teixeira has played spectacular defense his notorious slow start has materialized into sustained mediocrity. Not quite having an interstate batting average he’s driving on the service road with a .229 batting average.
Robinson Cano is the leader over Dustin Pedroia handliy for the starting second base position.
Rays’ Evan (that’s my hat) Longoria beating out ARod by 500,000.
Derek Jeter…….again. As it should be at Shortstop.
Joe Mauer is the leading vote getter with an impressive 1, 886,188 votes. Jorge Posada is in second place.
DH is a bit of a surprise in that Hidelki Matsui is second behind Vlad Guerrero, albeit by 600,000 votes. Guerrero at age 35 is hitting .335 with 12 homers and 47 RBIs in Texas having been traded from Anaheim. It will be a interestingly warm homecoming for him.
Ichiro Suzuki, Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers and Rays’ Carl Crawford are the three leading oufielders for the American League squad.
Ken Griffey Jr has 463,000 votes way of the lead in third place for DH but everyone would be surprised if he wasn’t invited to the mid summer classic on July 13th to say goodbye. Griffey retired last week from an illustrious career that was marred by injury.
Voting ends July 1 at 1159pm ET. Fans can vote up to 25 times at MLB..com and at their teams MLB.com site. Starting rosters will be announced on July 4th.