Three-quarters of the Yankees infield is leading the American League all-star voting, with Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano at the head of the pack for first base, shortstop and second base. Alex Rodriguez is second to Evan Longoria at third. Here’s the latest voting announcement from the league.
First baseman Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees continues to hold a narrow lead over veteran All-Stars Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in the second set of American League balloting figures for the 81st All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 13th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The second set of National League balloting totals will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, June 2nd.
Teixeira, a two-time A.L. All-Star who started the Midsummer Classic in 2005 and 2009, has drawn 610,851 votes, but Morneau, a three-time A.L. All-Star aiming for his first fan-elected starting assignment, has narrowed the gap by jumping to a total of 527,688. Also looming prominently in the competition is Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, whose 402,719 votes rank third at the position as he vies for his fifth All-Star berth.
A crowded A.L. outfield is paced once again by Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is in line for his 10th consecutive trip to the All-Star Game, spanning all of his Major League seasons. Ichiro has garnered 604,675 votes, followed by fellow leaders Nelson Cruz (541,052) of the Texas Rangers and Carl Crawford (532,201) of the Tampa Bay Rays. Both Cruz and Crawford are seeking their first fan elections, but numerous contenders are close behind them in a wide-open race. Cruz’s teammate Josh Hamilton, an All-Star Game starter in each of the last two campaigns, is fourth with 462,556 votes, followed by three-time A.L. All-Star Torii Hunter (399,283) of the host Angels.
The overall A.L. vote leader continues to be three-time A.L. All-Star catcher Joe Mauer of the Twins with 1,138,286 votes. In the infield, New York double-play partners Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter are setting the pace up the middle, joining Teixeira. Seeking his second All-Star berth and his first fan election, Cano (811,300) is ahead of Dustin Pedroia (487,733) of the Boston Red Sox at second base, while 10-time A.L. All-Star Jeter (1,005,810) has a sturdy lead at shortstop.
Their A.L. East rival, third baseman Evan Longoria of the Rays, has attracted 915,247 votes as he bids to hold off Alex Rodriguez (632,268) for the second straight year. The designated hitter is currently eight-time Rangers All-Star Vladimir Guerrero (725,752), whose closest competitor is two-time A.L. All-Star Hideki Matsui (465,615) of the host Angels.