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Chipper seeks late All-Star vote boost

Chipper seeks late All-Star vote boost

Chipper Jones hasn't let injury problems affect his on-field performance, and fans have so far taken notice.

Jones, who came off the disabled list two weeks ago after missing 19 games, has continued his hot hitting, raising his average to above .320 since his return. He's on the cusp of being voted to the All-Star Game through fan voting, as he is currently third among third basemen behind National League East rivals David Wright and Miguel Cabrera.

Jones is a five-time All-Star, but hasn't been able to avoid the disabled list in recent seasons, the primary factor in his not being named to the National League team since 2001.

Though voting at all 30 Major League stadiums has ended, fans can still vote up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com through 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Shortstop Edgar Renteria, who was an All-Star last season, is having another season worthy of selection to the game. Renteria has held Atlanta's offense together during the injury to Chipper Jones and the struggles of Andruw Jones.

Still, Renteria is fourth in the voting among shortstops, trailing Jose Reyes, J.J. Hardy and Rafael Furcal. It appears his only chance to make the Midsummer Classic, to be played on Tuesday, July 10, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, will be through player and manager voting.

Brian McCann, who has received several days off lately with the recurrence of an ankle injury he suffered last year, is third among NL catchers. McCann made the All-Star team as a reserve last season, his first full year in the Major Leagues.

Andruw Jones remains fifth in the voting among outfielders, despite sporting a batting average below .200. He was named a reserve last season, but his struggles indicate his only chance to play in San Francisco is through fan ballots. Jeff Francoeur is 12th in the outfield voting, down from 11th when the ballots were last released.

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 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.

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

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