Wells, Rios vying for All-Star attention
Voting for annual Midsummer Classic runs through June 28
TORONTO -- The online All-Star ballots are already being counted, and the Blue Jays have one of their own on the leaderboard. Despite his slow start, Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells currently ranks in the top 15 in voting among American League outfielders with 144,923 votes.
Through Toronto's 51 games, Wells -- a three-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time All-Star -- was batting .263 with five home runs and 24 RBIs. There's another Toronto outfielder who has been strongly stating his case for a second straight AL All-Star selection, but is absent from the early charts, though.
Jays right fielder Alex Rios ranked first among Toronto regulars in batting average (.302), home runs (11), RBIs (27), runs (37), hits (61) and total bases (108), entering Wednesday. Last season, Rios was selected by his peers to his first AL All-Star team and finished the year hitting .302 with a career-high 17 homers and 82 RBIs.
"He's a good hitter," Toronto manager John Gibbons said Saturday. "He had a really breakout year for us last year and he just keeps getting better and better."
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 11:59 p.m. ET. So, there's still plenty of time to vote for Wells, Rios and other Toronto candidates.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
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.
Other Toronto standouts include second baseman Aaron Hill, who has already slugged a career-high seven home runs and is hitting .283 with 28 RBIs, along with third baseman Troy Glaus, who has eight homers and 24 RBIs despite missing 14 games in April with a foot injury.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.