Griffey sees All-Star stock slipping
Center fielder drops a notch among outfield vote-getters
The Kid's All-Star stock is slipping.For the second consecutive week, Ken Griffey Jr. dropped a notch in the vote tallies for starting outfielders on the National League All-Star team. Griffey now stands in fifth place with 491,641 votes, trailing the Mets' Carlos Beltran (877,677), the Cardinals' Jim Edmonds (768,962), the Phillies' Bobby Abreu (678,353) and the Marlins' Miguel Cabrera (519,614). This year's All-Star Game will be played July 12 at Detroit's Comerica Park. Voting for the All-Star Game wrapped up at Great American Ball Park over the weekend, but Reds fans can still cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites. Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30. If Griffey is selected to the starting lineup this season, it would mark the 13th time he's achieved that feat in his 17-year career. Only Cal Ripken (17) and Rod Carew (15) have been voted to the starting lineup more times. Junior has played in eight All-Star Games, most recently in 1999. He has hit .435 in 23 at-bats in those games. The 35-year-old Griffey's 2005 season has been the story of a comeback. He's playing with three titanium screws holding his right hamstring together, yet he's managed to put up some decent numbers and make more than his share of fine defensive plays. At the plate, Griffey had a .273 average with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs through 220 at-bats. He had a rough April but quickly heated up in May. His 26 RBIs in May were the third-most of any Major Leaguer that month. The only other Reds player getting significant attention in the balloting is left fielder Adam Dunn. In the latest release of vote totals, Dunn ranks 15th among National League outfielders with 238,690 votes. Through 59 games, Dunn had a .242 average with 16 homers and 33 RBIs.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.