But if White Sox fans want Thome to be selected as a starter, they will have to write in his name.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28th at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the 2007 All-Star Final Vote. The vote will begin immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1.
The White Sox have had the last two AL Final Vote winners in Scott Podsednik (2005) and A.J. Pierzynski (2006).
Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at 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 offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Voting for the remainder of the White Sox starters won't be quite as tough as getting behind Thome's cause. Podsednik (one appearance), Darin Erstad (two appearances) and Jermaine Dye (two appearances) represent the White Sox in the outfield part of the AL All-Star ballot.
Paul Konerko, who has made three All-Star appearances, including the last two, is listed at first base. Konerko has four hits in five career All-Star at-bats, with his ninth-inning single last year starting a two-run rally off of Trevor Hoffman and making a winner of Guillen in his first game as a manager.
Tadahito Iguchi is on the ballot at second, with Juan Uribe at shortstop. Uribe is off to a fast start during the 2007 campaign, leading the team in homers and RBIs.
Pierzynski is listed at catcher, with Joe Crede looking for support at third base. Crede deserved an All-Star nod last year, so much so that Guillen joked about staying home so Crede could take his place.
White Sox fans can add some support in 2007 by punching Crede's name and do the same for the other seven players on the ballot, as the White Sox look to match last year's total of seven selections (Konerko, Thome, Pierzynski, Dye, Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle and Bobby Jenks). In order to vote for one of the game's most accomplished home run hitters, an affable man well on his way to 500, these same fans are going to have add in Thome.
The first AL balloting release comes on Wed., May 30. The start date for fans to vote at U.S. Cellular Field is April 25 and the end date is June 18.