Major League Baseball's 2005 All-Star starters announced

2005 All-Star starters announced

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, the American League and National League leading vote-getters, respectively, are among the winners of fan balloting who will start at the 76th All-Star Game, to be played July 12 at Comerica Park in Detroit, it was announced today.

For the third consecutive year, the outcome of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will have an impact on postseason play, as the team that represents the winning League in this year's All-Star Game will have home field advantage in the 2005 World Series.

The American League All-Star Team will include six players who are elected starters for the first time, including Ortiz, who drew the most votes of any player in baseball with 4,138,141. Other first-time winners of fan balloting include Ortiz's teammates, catcher Jason Varitek and outfielder Johnny Damon; first baseman Mark Teixeira of the Texas Rangers; and the double-play combination of the Baltimore Orioles, second baseman Brian Roberts and shortstop Miguel Tejada. Other elected starters are third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and outfielders Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox.

Lee, a first-time All-Star, led all National League players with 3,560,316 votes, edging Albert Pujols (3,455,017) of the St. Louis Cardinals. Other NL starters are catcher Mike Piazza of the New York Mets; second baseman Jeff Kent of the Los Angeles Dodgers; shortstop David Eckstein of the St. Louis Cardinals; third baseman Scott Rolen of the Cardinals; and outfielders Bobby Abreu of the Philadelphia Phillies, Jim Edmonds of the Cardinals and Carlos Beltran of the Mets. Lee, Eckstein and each of the three outfielders are first-time winners of fan balloting.

Ortiz drew the most online votes of any player with 3,629,492, while Lee also led National Leaguers in online votes with 3,277,475.

Major League Baseball's fan balloting program determined the American League's nine starting players and the National League's eight, while 45 of the 47 remaining pitchers and reserves were determined by the Player Ballot and the two All-Star managers, Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals and Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox, and Major League Baseball.

Throughout the voting process, baseball fans cast a record 16 million ballots, including a record 11.5 million online at MLB.com. The Major League Baseball All-Star Balloting Program, the largest in professional sports, encompasses Ameriquest In-Stadium Balloting at all 29 U.S.-based Major League ballparks and 115 participating Minor League clubs; Ameriquest Online All-Star Balloting at MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball; Pepsi/Frito-Lay Retail Balloting at over 3,100 Wal-Mart stores; and International Balloting, including at Toronto's Rogers Centre and Retail Balloting throughout Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Curacao, Venezuela, Japan and Puerto Rico. Online balloting on MLB.com was available in English, Spanish and Japanese.

The 76th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the Midsummer Classic on the Internet.

2005 American League All-Star Balloting Winners by Position

PositionPlayerClubVotesAll-Star SelectionAll-Star Elections
CatcherJason VaritekRed Sox2,939,6482 (2003, 2005)1 (2005)
First BaseMark TeixeiraRangers2,187,1151 (2005)1 (2005)
Second BaseBrian RobertsOrioles2,629,5211 (2005)1 (2005)
Third BaseAlex RodriguezYankees3,553,2359 (1996-98, 2000-05)8 (1997-98, 2000-05)
ShortstopMiguel TejadaOrioles3,224,9083 (2002, 2004-05)1 (2005)
OutfieldJohnny DamonRed Sox2,800,6102 (2002, 2005)1 (2005)
OutfieldVladimir GuerreroAngels3,006,5126 (1999-2002, 2004-05)3 (2002, 2004-05)
OutfieldManny RamirezRed Sox3,117,1579 (1995, 1998-2000, 2001-05)7 (1999-2005)
D.H.David OrtizRed Sox4,138,1412 (2004-05)1 (2005)

2005 National League All-Star Balloting Winners by Position

PositionPlayerClubVotesAll-Star SelectionAll-Star Elections
CatcherMike PiazzaMets1,966,07412 (1993-2002, 2004-05)11 (1994-2002, 2004-05)
First BaseDerrek LeeCubs3,560,3161 (2005) 1 (2005)
Second BaseJeff KentDodgers2,253,271 5 (1999-2001, 2004-05)4 (2000-01, 2004-05)
Third BaseScott RolenCardinals2,742,8644 (2002-05) 4 (2002-05)
ShortstopDavid EcksteinCardinals2,231,246 1 (2005)1 (2005)
OutfieldBobby AbreuPhillies2,532,7422 (2004-05) 1 (2005)
OutfieldCarlos BeltranMets2,049,779 2 (2004-05) 1 (2005)
OutfieldJim EdmondsCardinals2,826,306 4 (1995, 2000, 2003, 2005) 1 (2005)

Player Election Notes

American League
Jason Varitek
- His first elected start as a catcher for the AL All-Star team. It is the second time in his career that he has been selected as an All-Star. He is also the first Boston Red Sox catcher to be voted as a starter since Carlton Fisk in 1980.
Mark Teixeira - This is his first career All-Star appearance. Is the first Texas Ranger first baseman to have ever been elected to start an All-Star game. The last Ranger first baseman to play in All-Star game was Rafael Palmeiro in 1999.
Brian Roberts - Is making his first All-Star appearance. Is the first Orioles second baseman to start an All-Star game since Roberto Alomar in 1998. It also marks the first time two Orioles have started the middle of the infield since Alomar and Cal Ripken, Jr. did so in 1996.
Alex Rodriguez - His sixth consecutive All-Star game as an elected starter and his ninth overall. This will be his second straight year starting at third base for the AL team; he previously made four consecutive starts at shortstop.
Miguel Tejada - His second consecutive All-Star appearance, his third overall and his first as an elected starter. Last Orioles shortstop to start an All-Star game was Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1996.
Manny Ramirez - Making his seventh consecutive appearance as a starter for the AL. It is the second longest consecutive start streak in the AL behind Ken Griffey, Jr., who started 10 straight seasons in the AL outfield.
Vladimir Guerrero - Making his second consecutive start as an AL outfielder and his third as an elected starter. He started as a member of the Montreal Expos in 2002 on the NL All-Star team. Overall it is his sixth All-Star game appearance.
Johnny Damon - This is his second All-Star selection and his first as an elected starter. It's the first time two Red Sox have been elected to start the All-Star Game since Fred Lynn and Jim Rice started in 1979. It is the first time two outfield teammates have started the All-Star game for the AL since Kenny Lofton and Manny Ramirez did as members of the Cleveland Indians in 1999.
David Ortiz - His second consecutive All-Star appearance and his first as a starter. Ortiz was the leading vote-getter in all of baseball, the first member of the Red Sox ever to garner such honors.

National League
Mike Piazza
- Second consecutive All-Star selection. He adds to his total as the all-time leading vote-getter at catcher. With his 11th start, he has the most elected starts of any catcher in history, passing Johnny Bench and Ivan Rodriguez (both with 10). He was elected to the NL All-Star team 10 consecutive years (1993-2002). This will be his 11th appearance as the starting catcher. He was voted the MVP of the 1996 All-Star Game after he went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI at Veterans Stadium in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Derrek Lee - This is Lee's first All-Star game appearance. He becomes the first Chicago Cub first baseman to be elected to start an All-Star Game. The last Cubs first baseman to make an All-Star appearance was Mark Grace in 1997.
Jeff Kent - Second consecutive All-Star game start. This is Kent's fourth appearance as the starting second baseman for the NL team and his fifth All-Star appearance overall. Over his five appearances he has played for three different teams (San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles). Other NL second basemen who have been elected to start four All-Star Games or more include Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg and Craig Biggio.
Scott Rolen - Making his fourth consecutive appearance as the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team. He becomes the first third baseman to start four consecutive All-Star Games since Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt started six straight All-Star Games (1979-1984).
David Eckstein - Making the first All-Star appearance of his career. It marks the third consecutive year that the left side of the infield has been started by St. Louis Cardinals. In 2002 and 2003 Edgar Renteria and Scott Rolen have patrolled the left side of the diamond.
Jim Edmonds - This is Jim Edmonds fourth All-Star appearance and his first as a starter. He is the first Cardinals outfielder to start an All-Star game since Albert Pujols started as an outfielder in 2003.
Bobby Abreu - His second consecutive All-Star appearance and the first time he has been elected as a starter. He is the first Phillies player to be elected as a starting outfielder since Lenny Dykstra in 1995.
Carlos Beltran - His second consecutive appearance as an NL All-Star and his first as a starter. He is the first Mets outfielder to be elected as a starter since Darryl Strawberry in 1989. He is only the third Met outfielder to ever be elected to start the All-Star game (Dave Kingman, Daryl Strawberry).

AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING FINAL TOTALS

July 3

First Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Mark TeixeiraRangers2,187,115
2. Tino MartinezYankees1,526,216
3. Kevin MillarRed Sox1,191,188
4. Paul KonerkoWhite Sox1,104,968
5. Richie SexsonMariners678,975
6. Darin ErstadAngels619,346
7. Mike SweeneyRoyals510,385
8. Justin MorneauTwins401,175

Second Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Brian RobertsOrioles2,629,521
2. Alfonso SorianoRangers2,434,840
3. Mark BellhornRed Sox1,035,293
4. Tony WomackYankees658,420
5. Tadahito IguchiWhite Sox634,581
6. Bret BooneMariners463,296
7. Adam KennedyAngels426,766
8. Omar InfanteTigers259,100

Third Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Alex RodriguezYankees3,553,235
2. Bill MuellerRed Sox1,295,233
3. Melvin MoraOrioles970,967
4. Hank BlalockRangers719,992
5. Adrian BeltreMariners587,746
6. Eric ChavezAthletics383,304
7. Chone FigginsAngels368,900
8. Brandon IngeTigers364,873

Shortstop
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Miguel TejadaOrioles3,224,908
2. Derek JeterYankees2,012,448
3. Edgar RenteriaRed Sox1,485,964
4. Carlos GuillenTigers546,584
5. Michael YoungRangers497,704
6. Orlando CabreraAngels421,808
7. Juan UribeWhite Sox358,675
8. Pokey ReeseMariners181,801

Catcher
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Jason VaritekRed Sox2,939,648
2. Ivan RodriguezTigers1,841,385
3. Jorge PosadaYankees1,133,111
4. Javy LopezOrioles681,774
5. A.J. PierzynskiWhite Sox615,942
6. Bengie MolinaAngels532,819
7. Joe MauerTwins465,736
8. Victor MartinezIndians382,336

Outfield
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Manny RamirezRed Sox3,117,157
2. Vladimir GuerreroAngels3,006,512
3. Johnny DamonRed Sox2,800,610
4. Ichiro SuzukiMariners2,743,784
5. Gary SheffieldYankees1,737,779
6. Hideki MatsuiYankees1,475,969
7. Torii HunterTwins1,185,290
8. Trot NixonRed Sox1,134,892
9. Sammy SosaOrioles1,072,110
10. Scott PodsednikWhite Sox946,704
11. Garret AndersonAngels841,940
12. Bernie WilliamsYankees720,512
13. Steve FinleyAngels545,169
14. Jermaine DyeWhite Sox447,784
15. Richard HidalgoRangers415,103
16. Aaron RowandWhite Sox359,845
17. Kevin MenchRangers359,414
18. Jacque JonesTwins337,516
19. Carl CrawfordDevil Rays303,974
20. Coco CrispIndians284,141
21. Shannon StewartTwins282,627
22. Luis MatosOrioles280,636
23. Larry BigbieOrioles275,097
24. Magglio OrdoñezTigers267,007

Designated Hitter
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. David OrtizRed Sox4,138,141
2. Rafael PalmeiroOrioles1,081,805
3. Jason GiambiYankees794,315
4. Frank ThomasWhite Sox675,189
5. Dmitri YoungTigers545,456
6. David DellucciRangers402,746
7. Shea HillenbrandBlue Jays371,637
8. Travis HafnerIndians280,402

NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING FINAL TOTALS

July 3

First Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Derrek LeeCubs3,560,316
2. Albert PujolsCardinals3,455,017
3. Doug MientkiewiczMets567,964
4. Todd HeltonRockies521,689
5. Jim ThomePhillies518,653
6. Carlos DelgadoMarlins494,260
7. Jeff BagwellAstros474,687
8. Hee-Seop ChoiDodgers473,816

Second Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Jeff KentDodgers2,253,271
2. Mark GrudzielanekCardinals1,985,128
3. Todd WalkerCubs1,376,827
4. Craig BiggioAstros1,058,419
5. Marcus GilesBraves836,468
6. Chase UtleyPhillies807,014
7. Kazuo MatsuiMets613,385
8. Luis CastilloMarlins550,779

Third Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Scott RolenCardinals2,742,864
2. Aramis RamirezCubs2,373,677
3. Troy GlausDiamondbacks1,142,358
4. Chipper JonesBraves1,033,415
5. David WrightMets759,655
6. Morgan EnsbergAstros549,709
7. Vinny CastillaNationals514,911
8. Edgardo AlfonzoGiants459,163

Shortstop
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. David EcksteinCardinals2,231,246
2. Cesar IzturisDodgers1,659,010
3. Nomar GarciaparraCubs1,307,973
4. Clint BarmesRockies910,211
5. Rafael FurcalBraves869,657
6. Jimmy RollinsPhillies807,241
7. Jose ReyesMets735,983
8. Omar VizquelGiants606,206

Catcher
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Mike PiazzaMets1,966,074
2. Michael BarrettCubs1,659,800
3. Yadier MolinaCardinals1,659,577
4. Paul Lo DucaMarlins1,387,021
5. Ramon HernandezPadres1,073,657
6. Johnny EstradaBraves769,503
7. Mike MathenyGiants521,517
8. Brad AusmusAstros479,272

Outfield
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Jim EdmondsCardinals2,826,306
2. Bobby AbreuPhillies2,532,742
3. Carlos BeltranMets2,049,779
4. Miguel CabreraMarlins1,650,369
5. Larry WalkerCardinals1,617,578
6. Andruw JonesBraves1,576,418
7. Ken Griffey, Jr.Reds1,489,768
8. Reggie SandersCardinals1,340,401
9. Jeromy BurnitzCubs1,195,019
10. Carlos LeeBrewers1,177,134
11. Corey PattersonCubs1,003,234
12. Pat BurrellPhillies955,677
13. Cliff FloydMets920,077
14. Milton BradleyDodgers871,440
15. J.D. DrewDodgers825,689
16. Todd HollandsworthCubs774,232
17. Moises AlouGiants581,035
18. Adam DunnReds576,133
19. Mike CameronMets566,513
20. Kenny LoftonPhillies538,892
21. Lance BerkmanAstros514,275
22. Dave RobertsPadres510,717
23. Jose GuillenNationals507,225
24. Brian GilesPadres501,624