Soriano hopes to add to All-Star resume
Five-time honoree one of eight Cubs on ballot
CHICAGO -- Alfonso Soriano has been an All-Star second baseman for the New York Yankees and an All-Star outfielder for the Washington Nationals. Can he be an All-Star for the Cubs?
It's up to the fans. In-stadium balloting for the All-Star Game starts Sunday at Wrigley Field, and Cubs fans will have eight players to vote for. Soriano, first baseman Derrek Lee, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, second baseman Mark DeRosa, shortstop Cesar Izturis, catcher Michael Barrett and outfielders Jacque Jones and Matt Murton are the Cubs on the All-Star ballot.
The game will be played July 10 at San Francisco's AT&T Park. The in-stadium balloting ends at Wrigley Field on June 17.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the 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 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 exclucisve play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Last year, Carlos Zambrano was the Cubs' lone All-Star representative, but did not pitch in the game. Zambrano won't know if he makes the National League team again until pitchers are announced later in the process.
Right now, it's time to cast votes for the position players. Soriano is a five-time All-Star, playing in the Midsummer Classic every year since 2002. This is his first season in Chicago, and the center fielder did get off to a slow start. He suffered a strained left hamstring Monday night, but the injury was not believed to be serious.
The Cubs hope that when the weather warms up, so will the center fielder, who is coming off a 40-40-40 season (home runs, steals, doubles). Soriano has had success in the All-Star Game, compiling a career .364 (4-for-11) average.
Lee, the National League batting champion in 2005, and Ramirez represented the Cubs at the 2005 All-Star Game, which was their first trip to the event. Izturis was selected for the 2005 game for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but did not play because he was injured. DeRosa, Barrett, Jones and Murton have never been selected to the All-Star Game.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.