First baseman Kevin Youkilis and outfielder Jason Bay are the leading vote-getters at their respective positions in the American League All-Star balloting, while second baseman and reigning AL MVP Dustin Pedroia trails his former college teammate, Texas’s Ian Kinsler, by a surmountable margin at second base.
Youkilis leads the way at first base with 414,693 votes, putting him well ahead of Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who is second at 299,597. The Yankees’ Mark Teixeira is third at 295,798.
Bay, who has a 1.011 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, a .282 batting average, 13 homers and 47 RBIs, has 446,183 votes, a small edge over Texas’s Josh Hamilton, who had 442,553 votes. Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki is third among outfielders with 306,453.
Kinsler, who lost his starting job to Pedroia while at Arizona State, had 514,645 votes, while Pedroia has received 426,127. Among other Red Sox, Jason Varitek is third among catchers and Mike Lowell is fifth among third basemen.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who is seeking his 10th All-Star Game berth, is the leading vote-getter overall at 664,630. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is second in the balloting among all AL players with 664,060 total votes.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 5.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.