BALTIMORE -- The more time passes, the clearer it becomes that Albert Pujols won't be starting his seventh All-Star Game in his first year in the American League.
He'll need a tremendous push.
Pujols remained in fifth place among AL first basemen when the latest results were revealed on Monday. Entering the week, he had compiled 1,429,154 votes, almost half the total of the Tigers' Prince Fielder (2,825,532) and also less than Paul Konerko of the White Sox (2,261,388), the Yankees' Mark Teixeira (1,863,873) and the Rangers' Mitch Moreland (1,711,659).
For that, Pujols -- a nine-time All-Star and six-time starter through his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals of the National League -- has his numbers to blame. He's looked like the Pujols of old in recent weeks, with a .309 batting average to go along with 10 homers and 30 RBIs since May 30, but a rough start to his Angels career has him sporting subpar totals -- a .259 batting average, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and a .755 OPS through 72 games.
Since Mike Trout wasn't on the original ballot (he didn't come up until late April) and Mark Trumbo is listed as a third baseman (a position he hasn't played since May 3), Pujols was the Angels' only real shot of a position player starting in the Midsummer Classic 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 mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll, which gives them the opportunity to select three players in each league 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. on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 AL and NL 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, with MLB.com providing extensive 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, visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.