Holliday needs push to be 2009 All-Star
Outfielder would play for American League for first time
OAKLAND -- Matt Holliday is riding a three-year All-Star streak, but if A's fans don't start stuffing the ballot box in a hurry, his Midsummer Classic fate will be left in the hands of others.
Holliday, acquired in an offseason blockbuster trade with the Rockies, would be a first-time American League All-Star if he's selected. He was named to the National League team three times with Colorado, and according to his manager, he should be under strong consideration to make it to this year's exhibition, which will be held July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
"Matt's really been coming on strong here in the past few weeks," said Oakland skipper Bob Geren. "There's no question he's an All-Star talent. He got off to a bit of a slow start here, but he's been tremendous lately, and it's a pleasure to watch someone whose work ethic matches his elite talent."
After batting .240 with one home run in April, Holliday has bounced back to the form that helped him lead the Rockies in the 2007 World Series, tagging five May home runs through Saturday and getting his average up to .275 while pushing his RBI total to a team-high 30.
"It's fun to watch Matt do his thing," said A's outfielder Travis Buck. "We know he's capable to putting this team on his back."
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 8:59 p.m. PT.
Voting also can be done at the ballpark; at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, in-stadium balloting opened May 4 and ends June 24.
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.
Also worthy of an All-Star nod should he maintain his consistency is A's catcher Kurt Suzuki, who batted .343 in April and has been Oakland's most reliable -- not to mention durable -- offensive force.
The A's haven't had more than one player named to the All-Star team since 2004. Last year's lone honoree was right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list and recovering from exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.