Martin making a case for a Bronx ballot
Plate discipline pushes backstop to fourth on NL All-Star list
Dodgers catcher Russell Martin made his case for being the National League's best last season by winning the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards at his position.The young backstop is at it again with another stellar start to the season, all while sliding up and down the batting order and showing off his versatility with a few starts at third base. Through Tuesday, Martin was batting .309 with a .419 OBP.
The fans have recognized that success with Martin ranking fourth among all NL catchers after the first update of All-Star Game voting.The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD, and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. PT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game. The Midsummer Classic will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, 1960 and 1977; the Polo Grounds held the game in 1934 and 1942; Ebbets Field was the site in 1949; and Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 tilt. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Wednesday, July 2 at 8:59 p.m. PT. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on Sunday, July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star 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 presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com. That means fans still have plenty of time to vote shortstop Rafael Furcal to the Bronx, who is among the NL shortstop leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs, doubles, triples, home runs and steals.
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.