Only a handful of National League outfielders have been more productive as run producers this season than Padres left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who entered Monday with the sixth-most RBIs (47) among outfielders in the league.
Ludwick, attempting to land on what would be his second All-Star Game roster, got off to a slow start but has knocked in 35 of those runs since May 1 and has hit .283 in that span.
Ludwick's only other All-Star Game appearance came in 2008, when he hit 37 home runs and drove in 113 runs for the Cardinals.
To get to this year's Midsummer Classic, Ludwick will need some help from fans.
Ludwick isn't the only member of the Padres who is on the All-Star ballot; catcher Nick Hundley, first baseman Brad Hawpe, second baseman Orlando Hudson, shortstop Jason Bartlett, third baseman Chase Headley and outfielder Cameron Maybin are also candidates.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 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 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
The All-Star Game, to be played in Phoenix on July 12, 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.