Prince leads first basemen in All-Star update
Miggy needs push from fans to surpass Beltre at third base
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera could never crack the American League All-Star balloting leaderboard at first base during his four years there. Prince Fielder wasted no time putting his name at the top of the list.
He might yet end up looking across the All-Star infield at Cabrera.
While the Tigers' star-studded lineup hasn't yet put them at the top of the AL Central, it has a chance to give them two starters in next month's All-Star Game. The first balloting update released Tuesday put Fielder with a healthy lead at first base, and Cabrera in a close race at third.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can also cast their ballots in person at Comerica Park until June 21.
The early results show Fielder with a distinct advantage in a crowded field at first base that includes such stars as Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Teixeira and Paul Konerko. Fielder was listed with 1,027,970 votes, about 330,000 more than Teixeira and 350,000 more than Konerko.
If that lead holds, Fielder will be the first Tigers first baseman to be voted into the starting lineup since his father, Cecil, in 1991. Cabrera started for the AL All-Stars at first base two years ago, but he did so as an injury replacement.
Cabrera, meanwhile, has a chance to win the vote at third, where he's chasing Adrian Beltre. Cabrera came up with 886,365 votes, about 293,000 behind Beltre and 93,000 more than Evan Longoria. Beltre is one of five Rangers leading at their respective positions, including Mike Napoli at catcher.
No other Tiger ranks in the top five at their position in balloting, including defending AL All-Star starting catcher Alex Avila. The only other Tiger to appear on the balloting update is Austin Jackson, whose hot start only earned him an 11th-place showing among AL outfielders.
While Cabrera had a strong case the past three years to start at first base, Fielder came to Detroit as a free agent with name recognition to go with his strong statistical resume. The former Milwaukee Brewers star started twice at first base for the National League All-Stars, including last year, when he won All-Star Game MVP honors.
Statistically, Konerko and Fielder rank first and second among first basemen on the ballot in most major categories, including batting average and OPS. Fielder shares the lead in RBIs among AL first basemen with Kansas City's Billy Butler.
Cabrera, meanwhile, has a strong case to pass up Beltre as the balloting goes on, leading him in batting average, OPS, home runs and RBIs while playing better defense at third than many would have expected.
In addition to All-Star balloting, 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 who 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 8 p.m. ET on July 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on 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 on July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
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