CHICAGO -- It was just one year ago when the White Sox played out as one of the major story lines during the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.
As the manager of the defending World Series champions from 2005, Ozzie Guillen also had the honor of managing the American League All-Star squad in 2006. Guillen brought his entire coaching staff with him, as is the custom, not to mention seven players from the White Sox roster. And there could have been more.
Both third baseman Joe Crede and second baseman Tadahito Iguchi produced the impressive statistics at the All-Star break last year to make the journey to Pittsburgh, but they were left behind. Flash forward approximately one year ahead, and the White Sox have been replaced by St. Louis as the defending World Series champs. Jim Leyland now has the job of managing the AL All-Stars.
As for the White Sox having seven representatives in San Francisco this season, well, as Guillen quipped recently, they might come up about six short. But the White Sox slow start during the 2007 season doesn't preclude ardent White Sox fans from showing support for their favorite players on-line over the next couple of days, trying to get some of the position players into voting contention. None of the White Sox starters currently are in the top five in the infield or in the top 15 in the outfield.
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 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.
With the White Sox offense struggling, the club will be hard-pressed to have any everyday players make the squad. Closer Bobby Jenks and left-handed starter Mark Buehrle remain as the White Sox top candidates.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.