Here’s the latest American League all-star update from Major League Baseball. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano still lead at second base and shortstop. Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson rank fifth and sixth in the outfield.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has joined the American League’s leading vote-getters for the first time this year in the fifth set of balloting figures for the 81st All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 13th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The fifth National League All-Star balloting update will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22nd.
Enjoying a monumental June with 37 hits in his 78 at-bats (.474), seven home runs and 25 RBI in 19 games, Hamilton (.337, 16 HR, 52 RBI) has jumped past teammate and fellow 2009 A.L. All-Star Nelson Cruz to join Ichiro Suzuki (.336, 95 H, 20 SB) of the Seattle Mariners and Carl Crawford (.307, 38 RBI, 24 SB) of the Tampa Bay Rays among the leading A.L. outfielders. Hamilton, who had been in fourth place since the onset of balloting, has drawn 1,431,013 votes, ahead of Cruz’s 1,377,399 and behind Ichiro’s 1,567,788 and Crawford’s 1,445,615.
If elected, it would mark the third consecutive year that Ichiro and Hamilton would be in the A.L.’s starting lineup. Crawford, a three-time A.L. All-Star and last year’s Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet, is seeking his first starting assignment. Hamilton has 10 multi-hit games in June and six games with three hits or more, highlighted by a 5-for-6 effort in Sunday’s 5-4 win at Houston. New York Yankees teammates Nick Swisher (1,049,047) and Curtis Granderson (967,003) and Torii Hunter (943,814) of the host Angels are the next in line among A.L. outfielders.
The closest race in the infield is at first base, where Justin Morneau (.340, 15 HR, 47 RBI) of the Minnesota Twins leads a field of veteran All-Stars with 1,752,276 votes. Mark Teixeira (1,507,769) of the Yankees and Miguel Cabrera (1,426,973) of the Detroit Tigers remain within reach. Twins catcher Joe Mauer (.304, 3 HR, 31 RBI) remains Major League Baseball’s leading vote-getter with 3,280,565 votes.
Following Mauer among A.L. players are Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2,692,418; .283, 8 HR, 39 RBI), Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (2,534,967; .304, 12 HR, 52 RBI), New York second baseman Robinson Cano (2,330,278; .367, 14 HR, 49 RBI) and Rangers designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero (2,316,229; .327, 15 HR, 57 RBI).