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Votebook: One fan's picks

Votebook: One fan's picks

Ever wonder why certain players get All-Star votes and certain ones are left out in the cold?

Ever wonder about the reasoning behind selections, about whether players were selected because of the numbers they amassed on the field, or were were picked because of the numbers on their uniforms?

In an attempt to get to the bottom of this, we contacted Karen Sun, a 29-year-old software engineer who lives in Cedar Grove, N.J.

Sun was the 3,000,000th online voter at MLB.com for the 76th All-Star Game, which will be played July 12 at Comerica Park in Detroit.

She grew up in Maryland, which makes her a Baltimore Orioles fan, and her American League picks certainly echo that allegiance. Her husband, Pete, meanwhile, is a rabid New York Mets fan, and we can see his influence in Karen's National League selections.

Both share a fervent dislike for the New York Yankees, so there's no Jeter, A-Rod or Sheffield to be seen on this ballot.

Here are Karen Sun's picks, with her reasoning behind each selection.

American League

First base: Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Royals

"I randomly picked him because I recognized his name, but I know he's always been a good hitter and [Baltimore's] Jay Gibbons doesn't really deserve it this year."

Second base: Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles

"He's having a great year. He's been awesome. He's an Oriole and he was the Player of the Month in April."

Shortstop: Miguel Tejada, Orioles

"He's the best shortstop in baseball and he's such a great player for the Orioles. He's the main reason they're doing so well this year. He's not just a great player. He's a great personality and leader. And it's about time. He should have started last year."

Third base: Melvin Mora, Orioles

"He's from Baltimore and he's pretty good, too."

Catcher: Javy Lopez, Orioles

"He's usually really good. I guess he's injured right now, but, you know ... Baltimore."

Outfield: Vladimir Guerrero, Angels; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners; Manny Ramirez, Boston Red Sox

"Guerrero's always been a great player. He's been hurt, but I'm sure he'll come back strong. I like Ichiro a lot. I'm Asian, so I like Asian players. And he's pretty consistent. Manny is just so fun to watch. I watch a lot of Red Sox games living near New York, so I see him a lot."

Designated hitter: Rafael Palmeiro, Orioles

"This one's based on lifetime achievement, I guess. He's been great for a long time. And he's an Oriole. That doesn't hurt."

National League

First base: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

"He's awesome. He's one of the best players. He puts up huge numbers every year."

Second base: Jose Vidro, Washington Nationals

"He's hurt, but when he's healthy he deserves to be there. I guess I should put one member of the Nationals on there because they're sort of my home NL team."

Shortstop: Jose Reyes, New York Mets

"My husband had something to do with this pick, but Reyes is an exciting young player."

Third base: David Wright, Mets

"Ditto the last comment."

Catcher: Mike Piazza, Mets

"This was my husband's favorite player for a while and I don't want to get in trouble with him."

Outfield: Carlos Beltran, Mets; Bobby Abreu, Philadelphia Phillies; Miguel Cabrera, Florida Marlins

"Beltran's been hurt, but that shouldn't affect the voting. He's an All-Star and should be every year. Abreu was an All-Star last year and is having another really good year. Cabrera is very exciting to watch. He's young but he's incredibly talented. He'll be good for a long time."

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

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