Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who leads the Majors with 20 home runs and 45 runs scored, is Major League Baseballâ€™s top overall vote-getter in the first A.L. balloting figures for the 82nd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field.
Bautista, who was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2010, has received 1,261,659 votes in his bid to become the first Blue Jay ever to finish as the top overall vote-getter in the Major Leagues. Jose is also attempting to become the first Blue Jays player to be elected to start by the fans since first baseman Carlos Delgado in 2003, and the first Toronto outfielder elected since Joe Carter in 1994. Bautista is joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson (994,315) of the New York Yankees and 2010 A.L. Most Valuable Player Josh Hamilton (748,240)
of the Texas Rangers. Granderson is seeking his second All-Star appearance and his first fan-elected start after representing the A.L. in 2009 as a member of the Detroit Tigers, while Hamilton aims for his fourth consecutive fan-elected start. Seattleâ€™s Ichiro Suzuki (674,406), an All-Star in each of his 10 Major League seasons and a fan elected starter nine times, is a close fourth among A.L. outfielders, followed by Hamiltonâ€™s Texas teammate Nelson Cruz (514,006) and Jacoby Ellsbury (494,721) of the Boston Red Sox.
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New York Yankees two-time A.L. All-Star Robinson Cano, the starting second baseman at the 2010 Midsummer Classic, has garnered 1,185,952 total votes, which ranks second overall in the Majors behind only Bautista. Cano, who is one of six Yankees players among the leaders at their respective positions, leads Dustin Pedroia (586,361) of the Red Sox. Cano is joined in the infield by teammates Mark Teixeira (827,247), who ranks ahead of Bostonâ€™s Adrian Gonzalez (685,262) at first base; 11-time A.L. All-Star Derek Jeter (931,410), who is outpacing Clevelandâ€™s Asdrubal Cabrera (672,105) at shortstop; and 13-time A.L. All-Star Alex Rodriguez (945,127), who is trailed by Adrian Beltre (755,551) of the Rangers at third base. Rodriguez is aiming to become just the seventh player in history to earn at least 12 fan elections. He would join Cal Ripken, Jr. (17), Rod Carew (15), Ken Griffey, Jr. (13), Barry Bonds (12), Ivan Rodriguez (12) and Ozzie Smith (12).
At catcher, Yankees backstop Russell Martin (843,459) leads four-time All-Star and 2010 MLB top vote-getter Joe Mauer (593,949) of the Minnesota Twins, who has started behind the plate for the A.L. in each of the previous three Midsummer Classics. Six-time A.L. All-Star Michael Young of the Texas Rangers has received 646,979 total votes at designated hitter, slightly ahead of six-time A.L. All-Star David Ortiz (618,609) of the Red Sox.
The 2011 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 3rd on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on TBS. The American League All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the National League All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads â€“ totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the 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 League 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 rosters on Sunday, July 3rd, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each Leagueâ€™s 34-man roster via the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes 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 by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (PDT). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
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