Griffey closing in on All-Star spot

Griffey closing in on All-Star spot

CINCINNATI -- With little more than two weeks remaining in online All-Star Game voting, Reds right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. has moved into second place amongst all National League outfielders. These standings do not include offline vote totals.

While Griffey is the only Reds player amongst NL position leaders in online voting, as of Sunday morning, rookie outfielder Josh Hamilton has received more write-in votes, 57,013, than any other player in the Major Leagues.

Griffey is locked in a four-way race with fellow outfielders Alfonso Soriano (693,255), Barry Bonds (651,246), and Andruw Jones (576,589) for one of the two starting spots likely to remain up for grabs in the NL All-Star lineup. Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran is currently the National League's top online vote-getter.

Griffey has steadily moved up the list of online leaders from fourth to second place since vote tallies were first announced.

On Friday, Griffey was named Pepsi's Major League Baseball "Clutch Player of the Month" for the month of May. He was chosen by fans from a list of six nominees chosen by a special editorial panel from Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

Griffey batted .306 with 22 RBIs and 10 home runs in May. He also moved from 10th to eighth place all-time in career home runs, passing Rafael Palmeiro and Harmon Killebrew on the list.

In-stadium All-Star voting at Great American Ball Park is scheduled to end June 17th.

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.

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.

All-Star Game Coverage
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.

Patrick Allegri is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.