Here’s the final American League all-star voting update before the rosters are announced on Sunday.
Two veteran American League All-Stars, first baseman Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins and outfielder Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays, are trying to hang on to their first fan-elected starting assignments in the sixth and final set of balloting figures for the 81st All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 13th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The sixth and final National League All-Star balloting update will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, June 29th.
Morneau, a three-time A.L. All-Star, leads a tight three-way race with 2,118,654 votes, ahead of the 1,863,235 for Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees and the 1,832,782 for Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Crawford, last year’s Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet, currently holds the third starting position in the outfield with 1,782,035 votes, ahead of the 1,621,771 for 2009 A.L. All-Star Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers.
For the third straight year, Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners and Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers are on track to start in the outfield for the American League. Ichiro, an All-Star in all nine of his Major League seasons and a fan-elected starter in eight of them, has drawn 1,924,904 votes. Hamilton, behind an historic June performance (.470, 9 HR, 30 RBI), has surged to 1,906,350 votes. Twins catcher Joe Mauer remains the most popular choice in all of Major League Baseball with 3,968,039 votes. Following Mauer among American League players are Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (3,350,155); Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3,118,600); New York second baseman Robinson Cano (2,948,269); and Rangers designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero (2,889,243).
TBS will unveil the 2010 American League and National League All-Stars on the 2010 All-Star Selection Show Presented by Taco Bell, set to air on Sunday, July 4th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT), immediately preceding TBS coverage of the 1:00 p.m. game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.