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Youth is served on All-Star ballot

Youth is served on All-Star ballot

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' youthful core is on display as All-Star online fan balloting has begun.

Four of the eight Brewers on the ballot are 25 years old or younger, including first-time ballot member Corey Hart, a 25-year-old outfielder. The list includes 24-year-olds J.J. Hardy, a shortstop, and Rickie Weeks, a second baseman, and 22-year-old first baseman Prince Fielder.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28th at 10:59 p.m. CT. Fans will also get opportunities to vote at Miller Park at 25 home games from April 30-June 19.

Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster 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.

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 Monster.com 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.

Other Brewers on the ballot are outfielders Bill Hall and Geoff Jenkins, catcher Johnny Estrada and third baseman Craig Counsell, who was listed at that position over Tony Graffanino.

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Of all Brewers on the ballot, only Jenkins, who is off to a hot start this season, has been selected previously for an All-Star Game (2003). Hart is the only Brewer on an All-Star ballot for the first time.

Last year, outfielder Carlos Lee and pitchers Chris Capuano and Derrick Turnbow represented the Brewers at the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. Lee and Turnbow made the cut via the player balloting process, and Capuano was selected as a replacement for the Mets' Tom Glavine, who could not participate. Lee was traded to Texas last July.

Adam McCalvy 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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