Nine-time National League All-Star Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, who led the National League in All-Star voting in 2010, is the N.L.â€™s leading vote-getter in the first N.L. balloting figures for the 82nd
All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field.
Pujols, a three-time N.L. MVP and five-time fan-elected starter, has started at first base in each of theÂ previous two Midsummer Classics, and has received 988,784 votes, ahead of the N.L.â€™s reigning MVP, Joey
Votto (806,346) of the Cincinnati Reds. Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies leads the way at shortstop,Â ranking second overall in the N.L. with 975,777 votes. Tulowitzki, who was selected to his first All-Star GameÂ in 2010, ranks ahead of Philadelphiaâ€™s Jimmy Rollins (454,782). At second base, Brandon Phillips (837,778)Â of the Reds, who is seeking his second All-Star selection and first as a starter, ranks ahead of Milwaukeeâ€™sÂ Rickie Weeks (562,071). Rounding out the infield at third base is Placido Polanco (724,724) of theÂ Philadelphia Phillies, who holds a lead over Atlantaâ€™s Chipper Jones (540,168). Behind the plate, San FranciscoÂ Giants catcher Buster Posey (785,314) leads 2010 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Brian McCann (633,987) of the Braves.
The N.L. outfield is led by Milwaukeeâ€™s Ryan Braun, who has totaled 971,809 votes, slightly behindÂ Pujols and Tulowitzki for the N.L. lead. Braun, who has started in the N.L. outfield in each of the last threeÂ seasons, is joined by Cardinals teammates Matt Holliday (927,778) and Lance Berkman (872,434), whoÂ rank second and third among outfielders, respectively. Holliday, a four-time All-Star, is seeking his first All-Â Star start while Berkman, the N.L. starting first baseman at the 2008 Midsummer Classic, has represented theÂ N.L. five times during his career. Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a fan-elected starter in 2010, ranksÂ fourth among outfielders with 776,971 votes, followed by his teammate Matt Kemp (549,215) and JasonÂ Heyward (484,291) of the Braves. MLB All-Star FanFest official spokesperson and 2009 N.L. All-Star JustinÂ Upton of the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks currently ranks 10th among outfielders with 338,487 votes.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professionalÂ sports. More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks,
each of which will have 23 home dates for balloting, and in approximately 100 Minor League ballparks. EveryÂ Major League Club began its in-stadium balloting no later than Tuesday, May 10th.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times exclusively at MLB.com and allÂ 30 Club web sites â€“ online or via their mobile devices â€“ with the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com BallotÂ Sponsored by Sprint, which offers English and Spanish-language versions of the online ballot as well as audioÂ CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans. When the in-stadium phase of balloting concludes on Friday,Â June 24th, fans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 ClubÂ Web sites until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
Firestone, the official tire of MLB, is once again the exclusive sponsor of the 2011 In-Stadium All-StarÂ Balloting Program. The ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, in which a winner will win a trip for two toÂ MLB All-Star Week, including hotel, airfare, tickets to the All-Star Game and other MLB All-Star Week events,Â and a set of four Firestone tires.
Scotts, the official lawn care company of MLB, is once again the sponsor of the retail All-Star BallotingÂ Program, which began on May 10th at more than 1,700 Lowes stores across the country. The Scotts ballotÂ features an All-Star sweepstakes, where a winner and one guest will win a trip to the MLB All-Star WeekÂ including hotel, airfare, tickets to the All-Star Game, and a $500 MasterCard gift card.
Banco BHD sponsors All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballotsÂ available online at lasmayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball, and at All-
Star balloting terminals across more than 80 branches, through June 30th.
The 2011 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 3rd onÂ the 2011 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. The American League All-Star TeamÂ will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the National League All-Star Team will haveÂ eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads â€“ totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for theÂ A.L. â€“ will be determined through a combination of â€śPlayer Ballotâ€ť choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers â€“ National League manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and American LeagueÂ skipper Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers â€“ in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rostersÂ on Sunday, July 3rd, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each Leagueâ€™s 34-man roster via theÂ 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint. Fans will cast their votes from a list of fiveÂ players from each League over a four-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludesÂ on Thursday, July 7th. Now in its seventh year, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on
their mobile phones, courtesy of Sprint.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada byÂ Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major LeagueÂ Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (PDT). ESPN RadioÂ and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusÂ XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
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