While you won't find Padres outfielder Mike Cameron's name among the top five for National League outfielders in the latest All-Star Game ballot results, he might merit late consideration if the past is any indication.
It was last June when Cameron got hot at the plate for the Padres, hitting .300 with eight home runs and 15 RBIs. And with the weather heating up again, so too is Cameron's bat.
After a slow start in April that saw him hit .192 with no home runs and just four RBIs, the affable center fielder was a big reason why the Padres went 18-9 in June, as he hit .288 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.
And consider Cameron -- who appeared in the 2001 All-Star Game while with Seattle -- has hit 38 home run for his career in the month of June, which is second only to his career home run total in July (45).
The top five National League vote-getters for outfielders are Carlos Beltran of the Mets, Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs, Ken Griffey Jr. of the Reds, Barry Bonds of the Giants and Carlos Lee of the Astros.
It's not too late for fans to vote for Cameron or any of the other Padres on the ballot for the All-Star Game, which will be held July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
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 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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.
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 Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able to 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 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.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.