Bonds leads Giants in All-Star voting
Outfielder making bid for his 14th trip to Midsummer Classic
Barry Bonds, who experienced many of his milestone moments while playing at home, has a chance to enjoy another one.The Giants left fielder ranks among the National League outfield leaders in online balloting for Major League Baseball's 78th All-Star Game, to be held Tuesday, July 10, at AT&T Park. Bonds, who is nearing Hank Aaron's home run record, joins the Mets' Carlos Beltran and the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano among the top three outfielders in online voting. Bonds is the only member of the Giants, who will be hosting their fifth All-Star Game in franchise history, among the top vote-getters. 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 8:59 p.m. PT. 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. Bonds, who hit his 500th, 600th and 700th homers in San Francisco, is a 13-time All-Star, although he hasn't played in the Midsummer Classic since 2004. Since joining the Giants in 1993, he has been named to 11 of a possible 14 NL All-Star squads. Bonds, whose name always will be synonymous with home runs, has gone deep twice in All-Star competition. He victimized Bartolo Colon of the Angels at Denver's Coors Field in 1998 and launched one off Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays at Milwaukee's Miller Park in 2002.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.