BALTIMORE -- Miguel Tejada seems to be getting hot at the right time, bolstering his candidacy for a fifth trip to the All-Star Game. Baltimore's cleanup hitter is jammed into a star-studded group of American League shortstops all vying for the starting berth. Derek Jeter, Carlos Guillen, Julio Lugo and Michael Young are his main competitors.
Tejada is the only Oriole in the top five at his position in online balloting, but he isn't the only player with a good case for All-Star status. Second baseman Brian Roberts leads his team and all of his positional peers with a .405 on-base percentage, but backstop Ramon Hernandez hasn't really hit enough to advance his own cause.
Fans will have the final say, as online balloting and in-stadium voting will go a long way toward deciding the league's starting lineup. 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 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
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.com Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Tejada was Baltimore's lone All-Star last season, but Hernandez was a candidate in the Final Vote. Baltimore starter Erik Bedard may also be a candidate this season, but he'll have to be added to the team by the manager. Pitchers aren't involved in the voting process, which simplifies the steps for building a temporary staff.
The Orioles had four All-Stars in 2005, but they've only had one representative in five of the last six years. Tejada, Roberts, Hernandez and third baseman Melvin Mora are the only position players on the active roster who have been on an All-Star team. Pitchers Danys Baez and Steve Trachsel have also earned that honor.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.