Ichiro making final All-Star Game push

Ichiro making final All-Star Game push

Ichiro making final All-Star Game push
SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki is in 11th place among American League outfielders as voting for the 2012 All-Star Game enters its final days.

Ichiro is the only Mariners player among the AL leaders in the latest ballot totals released Monday by Major League Baseball. Only the top 15 outfielders and top five at all other positions are announced.

Ichiro, 38, had his string of 10 consecutive All-Star appearances come to an end last year, when Seattle's All-Star representatives were pitchers Felix Hernandez, Brandon League and Michael Pineda. Pitchers aren't part of the fan balloting, but they are chosen by MLB players and managers.

Online fan voting ends at 8:59 p.m. PT on Thursday and the entire All-Star team selections -- including pitchers -- will be announced this Sunday. The All-Star Game will be July 10 in Kansas City.

Fans can cast 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.

Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton currently is the leading vote-getter among all players and the Rangers and Yankees each have three players in position to land starting roles for the AL team. In addition to Hamilton, the Rangers also have catcher Mike Napoli and third baseman Adrian Beltre leading at their positions.

The three Yankees in starting spots as of the latest vote tally are second baseman Robinson Cano, shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Curtis Granderson. Other current leaders are first baseman Prince Fielder of the Tigers, outfielder Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays and designated hitter David Ortiz of the Red Sox.

Cano just moved past Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler in the last week of voting. Bautista also holds a narrow lead over the Rangers' Nelson Cruz for the final outfield position.

The latest National League voting totals will be released Tuesday.

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 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday 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.

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 in Kansas City 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 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.