Fans can make Dunn an All-Star again
Griffey could be a 13-time honoree, as balloting begins
CINCINNATI -- Could Adam Dunn become an All-Star again?Balloting for the 78th All-Star Game, to be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, is under way. For fans, it could be an opportunity to send the Reds left fielder back to the Midsummer Classic. Dunn, at the age of 22, was a 2002 All-Star for Cincinnati and the youngest member of either roster that year. Now 27 years old, the slugger has collected at least 40 home runs and played 160 games in each of the last three seasons. But he hasn't been to an All-Star Game in the past four. Last season, the only Reds representative at the All-Star Game was a pitcher -- Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo earned the honor but wasn't selected by the fans in a vote. Once again this year, eight Reds players will have a chance to earn the support of fans everywhere. 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 28th 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. Traditional in-stadium ballots will be available at Great American Ball Park from April 22 until June 17.
A right fielder for the first time in his career, Ken Griffey Jr. could become a 13-time All-Star if selected. The top three outfielders in balloting become All-Star starters, and Griffey just missed last year when he finished fourth.Second baseman Brandon Phillips and catcher David Ross had career seasons in 2006, but as late newcomers to the team, did not appear on last year's ballot. Ryan Freel was on the ballot last year as the Reds' second base representative. This year, as Cincinnati's center fielder, Freel is listed among the outfielders. Also on the ballot for the Reds are first baseman Scott Hatteberg, third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and shortstop Alex Gonzalez. 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.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.