The San Diego Padres' inconspicuous shortstop, Kahlil Greene, merits last-minute attention by All-Star voters, especially fans who've seen his on-field magic in PETCO Park. The top five National League vote-getters for shortstop are: Jose Reyes of the Mets, J.J. Hardy of the Brewers, Rafael Furcal of the Dodgers, Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies and David Eckstein of the Cardinals, who is currently on the disabled list. Among shortstops this season, Greene ranks third in home runs (11) and RBIs (43), through Sunday.
Greene is quiet by nature, but on the field there's almost nothing that gets past this Padre. And he packs a powerful swing, too. The shortstop drilled back-to-back home runs Saturday vs. the Boston Red Sox to help his team win the game, 6-1. It's not too late for fans to vote for Greene or any of the other Padres on the ballot for the All-Star Game, which will be held July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. 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 8:59 p.m. PT. 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. 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.
Elizabeth M. Botello is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.