All-Star Game ballot released
The ballot for the All-Star Game was released Tuesday, and the Yankees will be relying on their fans to make sure they get proper representation on the American League squad.
Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano, who were elected to the AL starting lineup last year, will compete again at their respective positions of shortstop and second base, with first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Alex Rodriguez trying to make it an all-Yankees infield.
That was very nearly the case in 2010, but Tex and A-Rod were overtaken late in the voting by the Twins’ Justin Morneau and the Rays’ Evan Longoria. Rodriguez has been the Yankees’ most consistent hitter in the early going, and Teixeira is off to a much better start this year than last, so the vote totals should be strong.
That, naturally, is up to the fans, who will decide which players will qualify as starters for the All-Star Game July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Fans may cast votes for starters up to 25 times each at Yankees.com online or through their mobile devices by using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until 11:59 p.m. June 30. Fans will also be able to vote at Yankee Stadium starting May 10.
Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show July 3 on TBS. Fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint. Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher made the AL team through that route last year.
Swish is hoping to win a starting nod through the fans ballot this time around as one of the three Yankees outfielders on the ballot, along with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner. The other Yankees players on the ballot are catcher Russell Martin and designated hitter Jorge Posada, who was a five-time AL All-Star as a catcher.
Martin was on the National All-Star team twice during his years with the Dodgers. Teixeira is a two-time All-Star who represented the Yankees in 2009 at St. Louis and the Rangers in 2005 at Detroit. Granderson was also a 2009 All-Star for the Tigers. Rodriguez has played in 13 All-Star Games, Jeter 11 and Cano two. Gardner is the only Yankees candidate on the ballot who has yet to make an All-Star team.