While Griffey was the only Reds player among the leaders as of Monday, rookie outfielder Josh Hamilton had received more write-in votes (66,745) than any other player in the league.Griffey is locked in a four-way race with Barry Bonds, Andruw Jones and Alfonso Soriano for the last two starting spots up for grabs in the NL All-Star lineup. Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran is currently the National League's top vote getter and a likely starter. On Saturday, Griffey hit the 580th and 581st home runs of his career, moving him within two homers of Mark McGwire for seventh place on the all-time list. 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 and moved from 10th to eighth place in career home runs, passing Rafael Palmeiro and Harmon Killebrew on the all-time list. 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 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.