Gonzalez needs help on All-Star ballot
Despite staggering stats, first baseman faces stiff competition
SAN DIEGO -- If Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is going to get voted onto the National League All-Star ballot, he is certainly going to need some help against what's become a very tough field.
Through 70 games, Gonzalez was tied for second in the National League in home runs (19) and ranked first in RBIs (62) with a .296 average for the resurgent Padres.
Working his way into the National League vote-getters for first basemen won't be easy, not with Lance Berkman, Derrek Lee and Albert Pujols currently 1-2-3 in the last round of votes.
Not that any of this seems to have deterred Gonzalez, who was hitting .340 through the first 14 games of June.
"I think he's at a point where he's seeing the ball very well," Padres manager Bud Black said of his first baseman. "He's doing some things with the bat that show his talent. This guy is a talented player."
The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, 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 5 p.m. PT. 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.
Aside from Gonzalez, the other Padres on the ballot for the All-Star Game are outfielders Brian Giles and Scott Hairston, second baseman Tadahito Iguchi, third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, shortstop Khalil Greene and catcher Josh Bard.
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 8:59 p.m. PT. 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.
Last season, the Padres had three representatives in the All-Star Game in San Francisco: starting pitchers Jake Peavy -- who started the game and would go on to win the NL Cy Young Award -- and Chris Young and closer Trevor Hoffman.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.