Ichiro looks to extend All-Star streak
Outfielder has a chance to be voted to eighth straight Classic
SEATTLE -- The chances of center fielder Ichiro Suzuki extending his streak of All-Star Game selection to eight are encouraging.The perennial Midsummer Classic selection, and reigning Most Valuable Player of the event, Ichiro ranks among the leading vote-getters and is second among outfielders. The first ballot updates released revealed the top five vote-getters in each league at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and designated hitter, as well as the top 15 vote-getters among outfielders, a list that includes Ichiro. Each team will have at least one representative in New York for the Midsummer Classic at Yankee Stadium on July 15, and thus far, it looks like the Mariners might have to be content with a sole representative.
Second baseman Jose Lopez is having an All-Star-caliber season, but the Mariners have the worst record in the Majors and could be limited to just one selection this season. They had two a year ago, when Ichiro was voted onto the starting team and closer J.J. Putz was selected by AL manager Jim Leyland.
The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD, and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
The Midsummer Classic will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, 1960 and 1977; the Polo Grounds held the game in 1934 and 1942; Ebbets Field was the site in 1949; and Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 tilt.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Wednesday, July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on Sunday, July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote at MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.