Blue Jays need rally in All-Star balloting
Toronto regulars absent from top vote-getters at recent tally
TORONTO -- Vernon Wells' slow start may finally be catching up to him in online voting for the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco.A recent voting update revealed Toronto's cornerstone center fielder no longer ranked in the top 15 among American League outfielders. Through 61 games, Wells -- a 2006 All-Star Game starter -- was batting .247 with five home runs and 30 RBIs. On the other side of the coin, Alex Rios has gotten off to an excellent start this season, but the right fielder hasn't caught the attention of Major League Baseball. The 2006 All-Star is developing into a formidable power hitter -- even though he's been hitting in Toronto's leadoff spot for most of the season. Rios ranks first among American League outfielders with 15 dingers and is ahead of his pace from last season. The 26-year-old leads all of Toronto's regulars with a .292 batting average and 38 RBIs. Toronto fans will only have two more chances to vote for their favorite players in person at Rogers Centre. In-stadium polls close on Saturday when the Jays play the second game of a three-game series against the Nationals. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote. Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Gregor Chisholm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.