Wright keeps pace on All-Star ballot
Lack of power numbers not affecting NL third-base leader
NEW YORK -- They say fans love the long ball. But the fans have showed an eye for a more diverse repertoire at the hot corner, as David Wright continues to lead National League third basemen in voting for the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis.
Wright has endured a bit of a power outage in 2009, as his four home runs rank 12th among NL third basemen. The player that has averaged 29 homers in his four full seasons has more than made up for it in other ways. He leads the league in hitting with a .349 average and is second with 18 stolen bases.
Wright is gunning for his fourth consecutive appearance and third start in the Midsummer Classic.
Wright leads a quartet of National League East third basemen atop the voting at third base. The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman is Wright's biggest competition, while the Braves' Chipper Jones is in third. Philadelphia's Pedro Feliz sits in fourth place.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.
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 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game 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.
Wright is not the Mets' only potential All-Star starter. Center fielder Carlos Beltran currently ranks third in outfield voting behind the Phillies' Raul Ibanez and the Brewers' Ryan Braun. Beltran, who is fourth in the league with a .336 average, is trying to hold off the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano and the Phillies' Shane Victorino to claim the last starting spot in the outfield.
Jose Reyes sits fifth among shortstops -- a position currently led by the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.