Vote for baseball's Star of the Month

Vote for baseball's Star of the Month

Vote for baseball's Star of the Month
Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals, Cole Hamels of the Phillies, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers and Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins are your choices as voting is under way to select the Head & Shoulders Mane Man of the Month winner for May.

The Head & Shoulders Mane Men are being recognized as the Star of the Game this season. In addition to that daily selection of the top players, you have a say in deciding the monthly recipients of this fan award. Here is a look at your four candidates for May:

Beltran: The Cardinals outfielder is making a fair case for back-to-back Comeback Player of the Year Award winners from the same club, following Lance Berkman. Beltran batted .326 in May with 10 homers and 31 RBIs -- including two long balls that ended a slump on May 2 -- helping St. Louis stay in or around the National League Central lead. In 49 games this season, Beltran is hitting .294 with 15 homers and 42 RBIs.

"I'm not too excited [to face Beltran], because he's having a great year," Mets third baseman David Wright said of his former teammate, who is back in New York this weekend for a reunion series. "He's picking up right where he left off last year. He's healthy and looks great."

Hamels: The Phillies left-hander was 5-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in May, and in his tete-a-tete with Bryce Harper on May 6, the veteran seemed wont to take it upon himself to remind division foes which club has won the past five National League East titles. With Roy Halladay now on the disabled list and Cliff Lee still inexplicably winless, the 8-1 start by Hamels is obviously crucial to the hopes of staying close amid such roster turbulence.

"I'm just trying to keep the same approach that I have," Hamels said after becoming the Majors' first eight-game winner. "I try to go out and win as many games as I can. I'm trying to go deep into the ballgame and, obviously, not allow as many runs. ... We know that our goal is to really go out there and make pitches and not worry about anything else. We're not going to put any added stress onto what we already have to do."

Hamilton: On May 8, the Rangers outfielder became just the 16th player to smash four home runs in the same game, racking up an American League single-game record of 18 total bases and drawing the accolades of peers throughout the Majors. He became one of six players since 1920 to accumulate at least 21 homers and 56 RBIs through his team's first 50 games. Hamilton had only four hitless games in May, and for the month, he batted .344 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs, balancing between left and center and helping Texas stay on top.

"When you do something incredible, it takes time to sink in," Hamilton said after his monster night. "When I get away from it and have time to think about, it will sink in."

Fans have had time to think about it and decide whether it meant more than just one game.

Stanton: It was a record month for the Marlins, and their blossoming right fielder was the biggest reason for their success. Along with belting a club-record 12 home runs in the month, Stanton drove in 30 runs -- matching Miguel Cabrera (2006) for the most in May by a Marlin.

"I don't follow who's hot or who's not," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I doubt many have put up better numbers than him this month. Maybe somebody out there. I don't know which one. Whoever had better numbers this month better than [Stanton], he had a very good month."

The overall program began with Seattle's Dustin Ackley getting the nod for that first game of the Japan Opening Series on March 28. It included White Sox right-hander Philip Humber for his April 21 perfect game, and Ryan Braun of the Brewers for his club-record 15 total bases on April 30. It will end with whoever shines brightest in the clincher of the 108th World Series.

Look back at daily videos to see the conga line of 766 Mane Men so far, including each of the four monthly candidates.

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