Right off the bat, and the glove, you'd think Giants veterans would be up in the ballot count for the 76th All-Star Game at Detroit's Comerica Park on July 12, but that isn't the case in the latest tabulation. Only rehabbing superslugger Barry Bonds, rated 15th among National League outfielders in results released Tuesday, is collecting a substantial number of nationwide votes. Somehow the word isn't getting through to Giants fans in the Bay Area and across the U.S. that several deserving San Francisco players could very well be snubbed for the contest.
One will make it nevertheless, as every team must have a representative. Still ... Omar Vizquel is fighting the Midsummer Classic's annual popularity contest, with leader Nomar Garciaparra outdrawing the field of Senior Circuit shortstops despite hitting .154 over 14 games before falling to injury. Colorado rookie Clint Barmes is having a great year, yet Vizquel is hitting .290 with 11 stolen bases through Sunday and playing like a circus juggler at the position, leading the league's shortstops with only three errors this season. Moises Alou is a five-time All-Star and made the select group with Houston only last season. At 38, he's starting to catch fire offensively after injury and sickness and boasts a team-leading 10 homers, including seven in his last 15 games through Sunday. The manager's son was also hitting .286. Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo hasn't yet won a Gold Glove, but is due consideration with sparkling play this year. He made the All-Star Game in 2000 while with the Mets. Through Sunday, Alfonzo was batting .317 with 28 RBIs. None of those Giants, along with first baseman J.T. Snow, outfielder Marquis Grissom, catcher Mike Matheny and second baseman Ray Durham, are in the top five in votes at their position. The Giants are also encouraging fans to join a "Vote for Pedro" write-in campaign for infielder-outfielder Pedro Feliz, a takeoff from the movie "Napoleon Dynamite."
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.