Byrnes putting up All-Star numbers
D-backs trying to crack leaderboard in last week of voting
PHOENIX -- Eric Byrnes and his teammates need the fans' help.Despite ranking among the National League outfield leaders in many statistical categories, Byrnes is not in the top 15 among National League outfielders in All-Star voting. In fact, no Arizona player ranks among the top five at his position after another set of voting results were released Monday, as has been the case throughout the voting period. Still, manager Bob Melvin said this has not frustrated his players. "I think that the guys know here who's played well enough to deserve to be on the team," Melvin said. "I think we have a couple, several maybe. There's some markets who do the stuff-the-ballot thing, but you just have to take solace in knowing that you're playing well enough to be considered for it, and hopefully it takes care of itself." Although in-stadium voting is over, 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 at 8:59 p.m. MST. Byrnes ranks among the NL outfield leaders in batting average, home runs, RBIs, runs, stolen bases, hits and OPS. Byrnes leads the D-backs in all those categories except RBIs while hitting both leadoff and cleanup. He also showed his versatility by moving around the outfield to any position that makes Melvin's lineup work while playing with hard-nosed intensity. For all that, Melvin said there's no question Byrnes deserves to be an All-Star. "You look at the outfielders' numbers, usually that's the toughest deal there is getting in as an outfielder, and his numbers would suggest he should go," Melvin said. "If you've got six guys going, in my opinion he should go, definitely." Orlando Hudson, the club's RBI leader, also ranks among the top offensive second basemen in categories such as batting average, RBIs and OPS. That's not to mention his usually stellar play in the field that earned him a Gold Glove last season. The 2007 All-Star Game will be played on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
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 TBS on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able to 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.
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.