Polanco (572,238 votes), who is in his 10th year in the Major Leagues, now leads 2006 All-Star Robinson Cano (520,506) of the New York Yankees by more than 50,000 votes. Polanco, a native of the Dominican Republic, is batting .348 with one home run and 32 RBI on the season. The versatile infielder has a .303 career batting average and hit .529 (9-for-17) in last year's American League Championship Series for the pennant-winning Tigers.
Polanco is joined in the starting lineup by teammate Ivan Rodriguez, whose 13 All-Star appearances are tied for most among all active Major League players. "Pudge" has 679,403 votes, while New York's Jorge Posada (567,153), Boston's Jason Varitek (565,335) and Minnesota's Joe Mauer (558,081) remain closely bunched behind the Detroit backstop.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez continues to rank as baseball's top overall vote-getter with 1,404,001. The other American Leaguers with over one million votes are shortstop Derek Jeter (1,161,162) of the Yankees, Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero (1,118,951) and first baseman David Ortiz (1,055,260) of the Boston Red Sox. Guerrero is joined in the A.L. outfield by Boston's Manny Ramirez (823,269) and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (757,275). Polanco is the only current A.L. voting leader who did not win last year's final All-Star balloting.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Balloting Program is the largest balloting program in professional sports. The fan balloting program will determine the eight position players from each League who will start the 78th All-Star Game. Throughout the balloting period, 21 million ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks and an additional 1.7 million ballots will be distributed to 95 Minor League Baseball Clubs that are inseason during the balloting period.
In-stadium balloting at Major League ballparks began no later than May 3rd, while balloting at Minor League ballparks began between May 7th and May 17th. Each Major League Club will have 25 home dates during which it will conduct balloting, while Minor League Clubs will have 15 home dates for balloting. The in-stadium program will conclude at Minor League ballparks by June 16th and at Major League ballparks no later than June 22nd. Instadium balloting at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, sponsored by Rogers Personal TV, began on April 27th and will run through June 16th. Balloting in Puerto Rico, sponsored by DIRECTV, began on May 3rd and ended on June 10th.
Pepsi, Frito-Lay and, for the first time, Quaker - all divisions of PepsiCo Inc. - will distribute 12 million Major League Baseball All-Star ballots exclusively at more than 3,400 Wal-Mart stores, where balloting began on May 13th and will conclude on June 17th across the United States. Pepsi has been the title sponsor of the U.S. retail All-Star balloting program since 1997.
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 Web sites until Thursday, June 28th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). The Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot is available in English, Spanish and Japanese.
The 2007 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1st on the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised nationally on TBS at approximately 4:00 p.m. (EDT), immediately following the 1:00 p.m. (EDT) game between the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins. Each All-Star squad will have a total of eight elected starters, as determined by the fan balloting program, and 23 pitchers and reserves, as determined by the "Player Ballot" and the two All-Star Team managers - American League manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers and National League manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each League's 32-man roster at MLB.com. The Monster 2007 All-Star Final Vote will provide fans the opportunity to cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period.
For the third year, fans will be able to vote for their Final Vote selections on their mobile phone. Both winners of the Monster 2007 All-Star Final Vote will be announced after the voting has concluded on Thursday, July 5th. Fans once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the 78th All-Star Game via the Monster 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote on MLB.com.
The 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will decide home-field advantage in the 2007 World Series, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
Other announcements will be released as follows:
|Monday, June 18||NL Balloting Release #4|
|Tuesday, June 19||AL Balloting Release #4|
|Monday, June 25||NL Balloting Release #5|
|Tuesday, June 26||AL Balloting Release #5|
|Sunday, July 1||Starters & Reserves Announced|