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06/12/12 9:30 PM ET
Headley deserving of surge at ballot box
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Padres third baseman Chase Headley has picked a good time to get hot with the bat, though if he's going to make his first National League All-Star team, he's going to need a big push from fans. Entering Tuesday's game against the Mariners, Headley was hitting .383 over his past 12 games and already had six hits on this nine-game road trip, one that started in Milwaukee, continued here in Seattle before wrapping up this weekend in Oakland. Among NL third basemen, Headley ranks second to the Mets' David Wright with his .383 on-base percentage. He also ranks third in hits among NL third basemen (59) trailing Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) and Wright. Better still, Headley has been a terror at the plate away from San Diego's Petco Park. He's hitting .304 on the road with a .409 on-base percentage. Headley could look to pad those numbers as the Padres play 13 more road games before the All-Star rosters are announced on July 1. Headley has started all but two games this season at third base and has reached base safely in 53 of his past 58 games. The other Padres on the ballot are first baseman Yonder Alonso, shortstop Jason Bartlett, outfielders Will Venable, Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin and catcher Nick Hundley. 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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT. 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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT. Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9. The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com. And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.