Despite big year, Lee lacking votes

Despite big year, Lee lacking votes

MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Lee has an All-Star's share of RBIs, but he's still short of votes.

It's been a Lee-saw battle for the Major League's RBI lead, as Milwaukee's Carlos and the Chicago Cubs' Derrek Lee continue to duke it out for the top spot. After a 5-for-5, two RBI performance on Sunday, the Lees (no relation) were tied with 52 RBIs this season.

But Brewers fans have a lot of work to do if they want to vote the Brewers left fielder into the starting lineup of the 76th All-Star Game at Comerica Park in Detroit, where Carlos Lee is a career .386 hitter. The game is July 12.

Lee is on pace to challenge the Brewers' home run record (Richie Sexson hit 45 homers twice and Gorman Thomas set the original mark) and could shatter Cecil Cooper's franchise RBI record (126, in 1983). In his first five games in June, Lee batted .474.

Fans can 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 10:59 p.m. CT on June 30, and stadium balloting at Miller Park ends on June 23.

The 2005 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, which will air live on ESPN at 6 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, July 3. This special program will feature the announcement of the 17 elected starters, as determined by the fan balloting program, and 45 pitchers and reserves, as determined by the player ballot and the two All-Star Team managers -- Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox and Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals -- and Major League Baseball.

Immediately following the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each league's 32-man roster at MLB.com. The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will provide fans the opportunity to cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a three-day period. Both winners of the Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote will be announced after the voting has concluded on Wednesday, July 6.

Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the 76th All-Star Game via the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Game MVP Vote on 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 provide extensive online coverage and MLB.com Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.