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Reign of Manny ending?

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  June 26, 2007 01:05 PM

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Manny Ramirez has been voted an All-Star starter for eight consecutive seasons, but in balloting released by MLB this afternoon, the Sox left fielder has fallen to fourth in balloting, due to a surge in support for Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez.

Ordonez, who leads the majors in hitting with a .379 average and is third in RBIs in the AL with 68, now ranks second in the voting, behind only Vladi Guerrero of the Angels, who is batting .327 with 69 RBIs. Third is Ichiro Suzuki, the Mariners' outfielder whose 19-game hitting streak came to an end last night against the Sox but is batting .359, second in the AL to Ordonez.

Manny, who went 0 for 4 last night to fall to .296, does not rank among the top 10 in the traditional hitting categories -- batting average, home runs, and RBIs -- he's 23d in batting average (.296), 25th in HRs (11) and 27th in RBIs (42). He also lags in categories where he has traditionally dominated -- 16th in OBP (on-base percentage), .394 and 17th in SLG (slugging percentage), .487.

Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday. You can vote at mlb.com.

Ramirez, who has been an All-Star 10 times, was selected but did not play on three occasions. The reason he gave for passing last season was soreness in his right knee.

Last season, Manny received the most votes of any AL player, 3,101,161. His six All-Star starts as a member of the Red Sox tied him with Yaz for second most in team history, behind only Wade Boggs, who started seven times while with the Sox. Manny is 3 for 9 in All-Star play, including a home run off Roger Clemens in Houston in the 2004 Game.

At the moment, the only Sox player who is leading in the fan balloting for Star starters is David Ortiz, who is well ahead at first base.

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