HOUSTON -- After a recent hot stretch at the plate, Astros second baseman Craig Biggio needs only seven more hits to reach the legendary milestone of 3,000.
While Biggio sits on the threshold of history, he's capturing a surge of attention from media and fans unlike any he's seen before in his career.
But in order to have the possible Hall of Famer starting in next month's All-Star Game, he needs that attention to translate into a late rise in votes. Entering the final week of voting, Biggio remains in third place among National League second basemen, trailing Philadelphia's Chase Utley and Los Angeles' Jeff Kent.
Meanwhile, left fielder Carlos Lee is still sixth among NL outfielders and needs to pass three of the five players in front of him to start in San Francisco. Lee is second in the NL in RBIs, trailing only Milwaukee's Prince Fielder.
With in-stadium balloting concluded at Minute Maid Park, MLB.com is the only place fans can still vote to send Biggio, Lee and the other Astros to the game.
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 at 10:59 p.m. CT.
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. 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.
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 78th All-Star Game, which will be held at San Francisco's AT&T Park on July 10, 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.
Ben DuBose is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.