Ichiro ninth in first All-Star ballot results

Ichiro ninth in first All-Star ballot results

Ichiro ninth in first All-Star ballot results
ANAHEIM -- Veteran right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is the only Mariners player to crack the top vote-getters in the initial All-Star balloting released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

Ichiro, who had his streak of 10 straight All-Star appearances snapped last year, is ninth among the 15 outfielders in the American League voting. Other positions list only the top five vote-getters and no Seattle players are in those groups.

Third baseman Kyle Seager is having a strong start in his first full season in the Majors, leading the Mariners with a .274 average and 32 RBIs in 50 games. He hit his seventh home run in Monday's 8-6 victory over the Angels.

But third base is a tough spot to crack among All-Star voters, with Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, Evan Longoria of the Rays, Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Mike Moustakas of the Royals taking the top five in initial balloting.

Mariners fans can make a push for Seager and other favorites by casting their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.