Youkilis makes the cut
First baseman, Big Papi both eligible on All-Star Game ballot
BOSTON -- The Red Sox certainly had good intentions when they contacted Major League Baseball a few days ago to see if Kevin Youkilis could still be listed at first base on the players' ballot instead of David Ortiz, who is winning by a wide margin on the fans' ballot.
It's just that the move won't be necessary. Upon further research, Phyllis Merhige, who serves as vice president/club relations for MLB, discovered that Ortiz and Youkilis were both listed on the players' ballot last year.
In other words, both players are eligible to be on that ballot this year, as well.
It's similar for the White Sox, who have both Paul Konerko and designated hitter Jim Thome listed at first, or with the Tigers, who have four outfielders (including DH Gary Sheffield) listed on the players' ballot.
While the fans vote for the starting position players, the players are responsible for voting in the majority of the reserves. The All-Star managers select the final seven spots, with input from MLB. Four of those seven spots go to pitchers.
Because Youkilis isn't listed on the fan ballot, the Red Sox wanted to make sure he received proper consideration for the team.
"He's having a good year," Ortiz said of Youkilis on Thursday. "I think being in the All-Star Game would be a really good experience for him."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.