Tribe trio seeking All-Star vote support
Hafner, Martinez, Sizemore trailing in latest balloting update
CLEVELAND -- The Indians are in need of a big-time final push at the polls if they are to have a starter in next month's Midsummer Classic.
With a little over a week left in online voting at MLB.com, Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez and Grady Sizemore still find an All-Star starting bid to be well in the distance.
Martinez, who ranks fourth in the Majors with 57 RBIs entering Tuesday's play, is fifth among catchers with 429,076 votes, Hafner is fifth among first basemen with 408,896 votes and Sizemore is sixth among outfielders with 631,155 votes.
No need to worry quite yet, though. While in-stadium balloting at Jacobs Field is over, fans still have plenty of time to vote online exclusively at MLB.com.
So don't want to leave the Tribe's All-Star fates entirely to the whim of American League manager Jim Leyland? Then head to the online polls and vote up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until June 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
Following the conclusion of the All-Star balloting process, 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.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
David Briggs is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.