Hill, others vying for All-Star attention
Fans can vote up to 25 times online through June 28
TORONTO -- Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill is making a strong case for a trip to San Francisco for the 2007 All-Star Game on July 10 at AT&T Park, but he's one of several Jays not getting strong support in early fan voting.
Hill's defense has continued to improve all season long, and he is now considered one of the top men with the glove at his position.
One of the main reasons his All-Star bid has become so strong, though, isn't his defense; it's his production at the plate. Hill leads all American League second baseman with 40 RBIs and ranks third with eight home runs.
Despite his impressive stats, Hill remains outside of the league leaders in online voting for the All-Star Game. The only Blue Jays player who has been among the leaders in that category is center fielder Vernon Wells.
But Wells, a three-time Gold Glove winner and 2006 All-Star Game starter, isn't ranked in the top 15 in voting among AL outfielders anymore despite being among the early contenders. Through 68 games, Wells was batting .258 with six home runs and 34 RBIs.
One other Jays candidate deserving of attention is right fielder Alex Rios. The 26-year-old led all AL outfielders in total bases (145) and home runs (15) entering Tuesday.
The voting booths at Rogers Centre have already closed, but fans still have just under two weeks to cast their votes online.
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 11:59 p.m. ET on June 28.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
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.
Gregor Chisholm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.