Prince holds lead; Miggy needs final push

Prince holds lead; Miggy needs final push

Prince holds lead; Miggy needs final push
DETROIT -- The get-out-the-vote campaign continues for the Tigers to put Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the All-Star Game. At least on Fielder's side, it's helping, but they'll both need a final push.

With balloting at Comerica Park wrapping up on Thursday, the bulk of that push will have to come online.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

What looked like a close race in the making at first base on the American League All-Star ballot stayed relatively comfortable for Fielder, whose 265,252-vote lead over White Sox slugger Paul Konerko is just slightly down from his 275,000-vote gap a week ago. But with 1,946,045 total votes, he's picking up momentum.

By comparison, while Cabrera had about 76,318 fewer votes than Fielder, he had a nearly 382,000-vote gap to try to make up on Texas' Adrian Beltre at third base. That's up from about 300,000 votes a week ago.

It comes after a week in which Cabrera made more highlights with his glove than with his bat, and Fielder did more damage with his overall hitting than with home runs.

Konerko and Fielder rank 1-2 among AL first basemen in batting average and OPS, and they're tied in hits. Fielder leads in RBIs.

Cabrera, meanwhile, has made his case to become potentially the first Tigers third baseman to start at the hot corner in an All-Star Game since Ray Boone in 1954. His 54 RBIs entering the week rank second only to Josh Hamilton among AL hitters and is 11 more than Beltre. Cabrera leads all AL third basemen in every other major offensive category, too, including batting average, OPS and home runs.

No other Tiger ranks among the top five in balloting at his position. The most disappointing showing among them is Austin Jackson, whose return to his All-Star-caliber hitting didn't translate in the balloting. He fell to 12th among AL outfielders.

In addition to All-Star balloting, 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 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 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 AL 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

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 via the 2012 All-Star Game 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 in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to 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 provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit or

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.