Braun stays strong in All-Star balloting
Brewers slugger remains second among NL outfielders
MILWAUKEE -- A productive road trip wasn't enough to boost Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun back to the top of the National League heap, but he was still holding strong when the latest round of All-Star Game balloting updates were released on Monday.
Braun remained in second place among NL outfielders for the third consecutive week, trailing Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez and ranking just ahead of New York's Carlos Beltran. The top three vote-getters will form the starting outfield for the NL at Busch Stadium on July 14.Despite an 0-for-4 afternoon in Detroit on Sunday, Braun went 10-for-26 (.385) on Milwaukee's just-completed road trip with 11 RBIs. He started last year's Midsummer Classic in New York. First baseman Prince Fielder was a starter two years ago in San Francisco, and he's making a case this season for a return engagement with an NL-leading 67 RBIs. But he remained in third place in the latest round of balloting results behind the Cardinals' Albert Pujols and the Phillies' Ryan Howard. Other Brewers were also holding strong. Second baseman Rickie Weeks and shortstop J.J. Hardy each ranked third at their respective positions, and Jason Kendall was in fourth among NL catchers. In the outfield, Mike Cameron was in seventh position and Corey Hart was 10th. 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 10:59 p.m. CT. 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.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.