Second baseman Alfonso Soriano of the Texas Rangers has maintained his lead over outfielder Vladimir Guerrero of the Anaheim Angels in the race for the AL Top Vote-Getter Award in balloting results for the 75th All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, July 13 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Soriano (1,756,146) leads Guerrero (1,569,371) by 186,775 votes. Soriano, 26, would be making his third consecutive appearance as the AL's starting second baseman and first as a member of the Rangers.
The only other player in Rangers history to be elected to start at second base was ex-Indian Julio Franco in 1989.
Guerrero, 28, is seeking his second election as a starter and first in the AL. If elected, he would be the first Angels outfielder elected to start since Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in 1984.
Soriano is currently batting .289 with nine home runs and 40 RBI, while Guerrero is hitting .349 with 17 homers and is tied for the AL lead with 63 RBI.
The fan balloting program will determine the eight starting position players in each league. A separate ballot of managers, coaches, and players will be conducted by MLB during the final week of fan balloting to select an additional eight position players and eight pitchers in each league.
The two All-Star Team managers - Jack McKeon of the Florida Marlins and Joe Torre of the New York Yankees - and MLB will select seven (four pitchers and three position players) of the eight remaining spots on each team.
Following the conclusion of voting and the announcement of the starters, pitchers and reserves, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each League's 32-man roster at MLB.com.
For the second consecutive season, the outcome of the All-Star Game will impact postseason play, as the team representing the winning League in this year's Midsummer Classic will have home field advantage in the 2004 World Series.
The 75th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by MLB International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB.com Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING UPDATE
June 22, 2004
1. Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers, 1,192,347
2. Jorge Posada, Yankees, 871,569
3. Jason Varitek, Red Sox, 664,538
4. Javier Lopez, Orioles, 461,034
5. Victor Martinez, Indians, 179,024
1. Jason Giambi, Yankees, 943,094
2. Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays, 430,222
3. Frank Thomas, White Sox, 417,803
4. Kevin Millar, Red Sox, 377,119
5. Rafael Palmeiro, Orioles, 355,245
1. Alfonso Soriano, Rangers, 1,756,146
2. Pokey Reese, Red Sox, 587,349
3. Bret Boone, Mariners, 541,120
4. Ronnie Belliard, Indians, 226,049
5. Enrique Wilson, Yankees, 221,041
1. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, 1,460,978
2. Hank Blalock, Rangers, 542,267
3. Bill Mueller, Red Sox, 521,052
4. Melvin Mora, Orioles, 357,169
5. Eric Chavez, Athletics, 337,842
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees, 1,019,599
2. Nomar Garciaparra, Red Sox, 865,500
3. Michael Young, Rangers, 630,640
4. Miguel Tejada, Orioles, 630,313
5. Carlos Guillen, Tigers, 189,842
1. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels, 1,569,371
2. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox, 1,432,922
3. Gary Sheffield, Yankees, 897,191
4. Hideki Matsui, Yankees, 769,041
5. Johnny Damon, Red Sox, 759,323
6. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, 747,996
7. Carlos Beltran, Royals, 663,963
8. Bernie Williams, Yankees, 535,933
9. Torii Hunter, Twins, 450,105
10. Magglio Ordoñez, White Sox, 422,339
11. Trot Nixon, Red Sox, 368,647
12. Garret Anderson, Angels, 344,314
13. Jose Guillen, Angels, 302,249
14. Jermaine Dye, Athletics, 255,649
15. Kevin Mench, Rangers, 177,411