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Beltran, Griffey vie for overall lead in final NL balloting update

Beltran, Griffey vie for overall NL All-Star lead

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Outfielders Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets and Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds are neck-and-neck in the race to become the National League's top overall vote-getter in balloting for the 78th All-Star Game, to be held Tuesday, July 10th at San Francisco's AT&T Park, it was announced today.

Beltran, who has been the National League's overall leader from the outset of balloting, has drawn 1,698,217 votes thus far, while Griffey is right behind him with 1,640,575. Beltran is a three-time All-Star who has never finished as an overall leading vote-getter, while Griffey is a 12-time All-Star who is the balloting program's alltime leading vote-getter with over 43 million in his career. Currently, Beltran and Griffey would be joined in the outfield by Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs. Soriano has garnered 1,332,581 votes, ahead of the 1,213,423 for San Francisco's Barry Bonds.

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, both in their second full Major League season, continue to lead veteran All-Stars at their positions. Martin (1,290,950 votes) has the edge on four-time N.L. All-Star Paul Lo Duca (1,077,836) of the Mets, while Fielder (1,453,716) has widened his advantage over five-time N.L. All-Star Albert Pujols (1,198,288) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Martin, 24, and Fielder, 23, join fellow position leaders Chase Utley (1,289,300), the second baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies, and a pair of Mets teammates, shortstop Jose Reyes (1,365,011) and third baseman David Wright (1,424,927). Utley (28 years old), Reyes (24) and Wright (24) each were elected to start in their Midsummer Classic debuts at the 2006 All-Star Game.

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.

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 concluded at Minor League ballparks by June 16th and concluded at Major League ballparks no later than June 22nd. In-stadium balloting at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, sponsored by Rogers Personal TV, began on April 27th and ran through June 16th. Balloting in Puerto Rico, sponsored by DIRECTV, began on May 3rd and ended 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 concluded 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.

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 determine 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. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of all festivities surrounding the 78th All-Star Game. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game XM in addition to its other live coverage from San Francisco.

The final American League balloting update will be sent out Tuesday. On Sunday, July 1st, the American and National League All-Star rosters will be announced live on TBS on the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, airing at approximately 4:00 p.m. (EDT), immediately following the 1:00 p.m. (EDT) game between the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins.

2007 MLB All-Star Balloting : National League
1st Base
RANKPLAYER NAMENL TEAMTOTAL VOTES
1.Fielder, P.Brewers1,453,716
2.Pujols, A.Cardinals1,198,288
3.Garciaparra, N.Dodgers1,011,372
4.Lee, D.Cubs644,553
5.Delgado, C.Mets636,175
2nd Base
RANKPLAYER NAMENL TEAMTOTAL VOTES
1.Utley, C.Phillies1,289,300
2.Kent, J.Dodgers861,828
3.Biggio, C.Astros746,770
4.Weeks, R.Brewers733,546
5.Valentin, J.Mets477,560
Shortstop
RANKPLAYER NAMENL TEAMTOTAL VOTES
1.Reyes, J.Mets1,365,011
2.Hardy, J.J.Brewers1,152,337
3.Furcal, R.Dodgers750,366
4.Rollins, J.Phillies595,127
5.Eckstein, D.Cardinals571,467
3rd Base
RANKPLAYER NAMENL TEAMTOTAL VOTES
1.Wright, D.Mets1,424,927
2.Cabrera, M.Marlins1,142,304
3.Jones, C.Braves773,277
4.Rolen, S.Cardinals625,073
5.Ramirez, A.Cubs593,356
Catcher
RANKPLAYER NAMENL TEAMTOTAL VOTES
1.Martin, R.Dodgers1,290,950
2.Lo Duca, P.Mets1,077,836
3.Estrada, J.Brewers850,316
4.McCann, B.Braves715,809
5.Molina, B.Giants687,937
Outfield
RANKPLAYER NAMENL TEAMTOTAL VOTES
1.Beltran, C.Mets1,698,217
2.Griffey Jr., K.Reds1,640,575
3.Soriano, A.Cubs1,332,581
4.Bonds, B.Giants1,213,423
5.Jones, A.Braves916,334
6.Holliday, M.Rockies865,638
7.Lee, C.Astros808,666
8.Jenkins, G.Brewers700,761
9.Hall, B.Brewers679,755
10.Gonzalez, L.Dodgers638,702
11.Pierre, J.Dodgers608,828
12.Hart, C.Brewers582,721
13.Alou, M.Mets579,502
14.Edmonds, J.Cardinals560,137
15.Ethier, A.Dodgers548,260
Results updated: Monday, June 25, 2007
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