Ibanez takes big leap in All-Star voting
Phils left fielder up from sixth to second; Utley leads at 2B
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies fans have been hitting the polls regularly and often this past week.
Phils left fielder Raul Ibanez jumped from sixth to second in the latest National League All-Star voting. Fans last week started a grassroots campaign for Ibanez, who ranks second in the NL in home runs and RBIs, to get him elected as a starter to his first All-Star Game, which will be played July 14 in St. Louis.
Chase Utley continues to lead second basemen. He is trying to make his fourth consecutive All-Star team.
Ryan Howard, who is a St. Louis native, moved to second among first basemen. He trails the Cardinals' Albert Pujols. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins moved to second among shortstops, trailing only the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez.
Third baseman Pedro Feliz, who quietly is having a nice year, is fifth among third basemen.
Center fielder Shane Victorino is seventh among outfielders. Right fielder Jayson Werth is 11th.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint 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 Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.
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.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.