Here’s the latest all-star release from the league.
Nine-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners remains atop a crowded group of outfielders in the fourth 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 fourth National League All-Star balloting update will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, June 15th.
Vying for his 10th consecutive trip to the Midsummer Classic in his 10th Major League season and his ninth fan-elected starting assignment, Ichiro (.341, 18 RBI, 18 SB) leads all American League outfielders with 1,231,950 votes. Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Carl Crawford (.296, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 21 SB) has improved from last week’s third place standing to second place this week with 1,123,132 votes. The third starting spot in the outfield is currently held by Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz (.327, 10 HR, 34 RBI), whose 1,093,099 votes are slightly ahead of the 1,006,364 cast for teammate Josh Hamilton. New York Yankees teammates Nick Swisher (808,871) and Curtis Granderson (766,088) and Torii Hunter (765,023) of the host Angels are among those remaining in contention.
The closest race in the infield is at first base, where Justin Morneau (.350, 13 HR, 43 RBI) of the Minnesota Twins continues to be in line for his first fan-elected starting assignment and his fourth career All-Star selection overall with 1,402,496 votes. Morneau is holding off New York’s Mark Teixeira (1,221,457) and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera (1,009,822) in a three-way race.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer (.319, 19 2B, 28 RBI), aiming for his fourth All-Star selection and his third start, continues to be the most popular American League player with 2,617,822 votes, followed by the 2,108,659 for Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (.293, 8 HR, 39 RBI), who is competing for his 11th trip to the Midsummer Classic. Rounding out the top five overall American League players are Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (1,958,855; .320, 11 HR, 48 RBI), Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (1,784,896; .371, 13 HR, 47 RBI) and Rangers designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero (1,743,946; .338, 14 HR, 54 RBI).