Martin jumps to top of NL All-Star ballot
Catcher overtakes Lo Duca; Soriano replaces Bonds in OF
The latest National League All-Star team voting update has a distinct shade of Dodger blue.
According to the latest results released Monday by Major League Baseball for the 78th All-Star Game, to be played on July 10 at San Francisco's AT&T Park, several Dodgers made big moves at the ballot box, led by Russell Martin, the new leader at catcher.
Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs took over the third spot in the outfield balloting, replacing San Francisco's Barry Bonds, who slipped to fourth. Soriano trails Carlos Beltran of the Mets -- who leads all NL candidates in votes with 1,017,795 -- and Ken Griffey Jr. of the Reds.
The other position leaders remained the same from last week, including St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman David Wright.
Martin, who was in third place and trailed by roughly 90,000 votes a week ago, moved past Atlanta's Brian McCann and Paul Lo Duca of the Mets into the top spot.
Another Dodger who made a rapid rise was Jeff Kent. In fourth place and 170,000 votes behind Utley last week, Kent moved past Rickie Weeks of the Brewers and Craig Biggio of Houston for second place in the second-base balloting.
Rafael Furcal of the Dodgers moved from fifth to third in the shortstop balloting and trails Reyes and Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy.
A week ago, only one Dodger outfielder made it in the top 15 in the balloting, Juan Pierre, who checked in at 15th with 200,282 votes. This week Pierre is 11th and is joined by teammate Luis Gonzalez (12th).
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 28 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
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.
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.
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.