Red Sox making push to be All-Stars
Pedroia positioned to rally with fans' help in early balloting
The term "All-Star break" has been a loose one when it comes to the Red Sox in recent years, as sometimes more than a fifth their roster has been selected to the All-Star Game.
It's too early to say if Boston will have that large a representation this year, but several players were in the running when the first round of voting was released on Monday.
The Red Sox player currently in the best position to land a trip to Anaheim for the July 13 contest at Angel Stadium is second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is second in the balloting at his position, trailing only Robinson Cano of the Yankees. The fiery Pedroia was selected as an All-Star in each of the past two seasons, though he had to relinquish his berth last season when his wife Kelli went into premature labor. If Pedroia can land a spot this year, perhaps he can take Kelli and young son Dylan with him to share the experience.
Pedroia's fans will have to rally if he is to win a starting spot. Cano has 491,888 votes compared to 279,452 for Pedroia.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Sprint subscribers can now vote on the go with select Sprint devices. They can learn more about how to vote on their smart phones at MLB.com/Sprint.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
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 Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.
Aside from voting online, Red Sox fans can vote at Fenway Park in all home games until June 15.
Catcher Victor Martinez, a three-time All-Star for the Indians, will try to get there with Boston for the first time. He is third in catcher voting, trailing superstar Joe Mauer of the Twins and New York's Jorge Posada.
Kevin Youkilis, an All-Star the past two years, is fourth at first base, behind Mark Teixeira (Yankees), Justin Morneau (Twins), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) and Carlos Pena (Rays).
Adrian Beltre, in his first year as Boston's starting third baseman, is fourth at his position, behind Evan Longoria (Rays), Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) and Michael Young (Rangers).
Sox slugger David Ortiz, who has been red-hot of late after a slow start, ranks fifth at designated hitter. Big Papi is a five-time All-Star.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.