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Bonds, Schmidt: All-Stars again07/04/2004 7:00 PM ET
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds was considered a lock to be selected for his 13th All-Star Game, slated for July 13 at Houston's Minute Maid Park. Millions of fans were the key to that lock, overwhelmingly voting to send the Giants slugger to the 75th annual Midsummer Classic. Bonds received 2,952,237 votes in final balloting announced Sunday, good enough for second in the National League to the 3,187,710 tally received by St. Louis' Scott Rolen. San Francisco pitcher Jason Schmidt was also named to the Senior Circuit rotation for the second consecutive season through voting by Major League players, coaches and managers. Bonds, a six-time Most Valuable Player Award winner, has been named to his fifth straight All-Star Game, and he said he's looking forward to playing in the NL outfield with fellow 500-homer hitters Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey Jr. "Yeah, it's going to be fun playing with Junior," said Bonds. "The All-Star Game is great, just seeing everyone, guys you'll probably never play with in your lifetime. It's fine. It's nice." Bonds said he isn't sure if he'll compete in the Home Run Derby. Schmidt won 17 games last season and was the Cy Young Award runner-up to Dodgers closer Eric Gagne in 2003. He started and pitched two innings in last year's All-Star Game at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, striking out three batters and hitting another.