Ichiro holds steady at third in ASG vote
Outfielder needs fans' support to hold off Tigers' Ordonez
SEATTLE -- With his speed, Ichiro Suzuki wins nearly every race on the basepaths, and with the fans' help, the Mariners center fielder is still one of the All-Star front-runners among American League outfielders.Ichiro, who has started in the Midsummer Classic five times in his career, still ranks third among outfielders with 757,275 votes, behind the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero (1,118,951) and Boston's Manny Ramirez (823,269), according to the vote totals released Tuesday by Major League Baseball. The Tigers' Magglio Ordonez (644,183), who surpassed Torii Hunter (585,742) to take fourth place behind Ichiro, still has a shot to finish third. With Ordonez quickly climbing the ranks among AL outfielders, Ichiro still needs fans' help to make his seventh consecutive appearance in the All-Star Game, which will be played on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Seattle's Adrian Beltre maintained his fifth-place ranking among AL third basemen, a field that's led by the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. 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 8:59 p.m. PT. 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 to 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.
Patrick Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.