Big Papi back on All-Star ballot
Slugger leads group of Red Sox players on voting list
He doesn't play first base for a living. Instead, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz merely hits. He just happens to do it as well as anyone in the game. And that's why Big Papi is a bit of an exception when it comes to the All-Star ballot.
With the All-Star Game being played in a National League Park -- San Francisco on July 11 -- for the second summer in a row, Ortiz is once again listed at first base on the ballot, even though he'll likely start less than 10 games in the field this year.
Considering how big a star Ortiz has become from New England to the Dominican and a lot of places in between, it's only fitting he'll have a shot to make his third consecutive All-Star start. The man known as Big Papi is trying to become an All-Star for the fourth year in a row. He made it as a reserve in 2004 and was voted in as the DH in '05.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster 2007 All-Star Final Vote. The vote will begin immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1.
Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, 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.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
After being a platoon player for the Twins his first five seasons, Ortiz has blossomed into one of the most dangerous hitters in the game since coming to Boston in 2003.
Over the last four years, the left-handed DH has averaged 43 homers and 131 RBIs. Ortiz's legendary, late-game heroics helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004.
Because Ortiz is on the ballot, Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis is not. However, there are plenty of other Boston players to choose from.
Manny Ramirez has been automatic as an All-Star since coming to Boston, being voted in as a starter his first six years with the club. Ramirez chose not to participate in last year's game because of a knee injury. The hitting machine is seeking his 11th All-Star berth.
Catcher Jason Varitek will try to continue his trend of being an All-Star in odd years. Varitek's two appearances as an All-Star were 2003 and 2005.
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, a rookie, is on the All-Star ballot for the first time. Shortstop Julio Lugo and right fielder J.D. Drew are trying to become All-Stars for the first time in their inaugural seasons in Boston.
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell will try to make the American League squad for the first time. Lowell was a three-time All-Star for the Marlins (2002-04).
Center fielder Coco Crisp is also on the ballot.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.