Hamilton near vote record; Cano takes over at second
Rangers slugger's name checked off on more than 7.3 million All-Star ballots
Josh Hamilton is on the brink of setting a record for receiving the most votes in a single year, while Robinson Cano moved into the lead at second base in the fourth and final update of American League balloting for next month's All-Star Game.
Hamilton, according to the fourth and final update released Monday, has 7,310,824 votes. The record for the most votes was set last year by Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who received 7,454,753 votes.
So with four days remaining in the balloting -- voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET -- the Rangers center fielder is a mere 143,929 votes from the record. His vote total rose by almost 1.9 million in the past week.
Meanwhile, Cano, the Yankees second baseman, caused the only ripple in the projected starting lineup. Cano (3,559,290 votes) overtook Texas' Ian Kinsler (3,462,367) for the top spot at second base. Cano leads by nearly 97,000.
All other leaders to start in the 83rd annual All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City remain unchanged. The National League update is to be released Tuesday.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.The league's three starting outfielders -- Hamilton, the Yankees' Curtis Granderson and Bautista -- held their spots, but the lead Hamilton has built is remarkable. The four-time All-Star and 2010 AL Most Valuable Player has received nearly three million more votes than the league's next top vote-getter, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
Hamilton leads the Majors with 64 RBIs, going into Monday's action, and is fourth in the AL in batting average (.319) and third in homers (22) despite missing three games this month with an intestinal virus and holding a .191 batting average with just one homer and seven RBIs in his first 18 June games.
At first base, Prince Fielder of the Tigers (2,825,532) still holds a narrow lead over AL Central rival Paul Konerko of the White Sox (2,261,388), and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (2,692,047) is closing in on Texas' Adrian Beltre (3,073,541) for the third-base spot.
And Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who was bumped from the top three last week, remains in contention for a starting spot, just 92,423 votes behind Bautista. Baltimore's Adam Jones is also right behind Cruz.
Mike Napoli (3,008,228) continues to hold a sizable lead over Joe Mauer (1,772,228) in the catcher poll, while Jeter extended his advantage over the Rangers' Elvis Andrus at shortstop. David Ortiz (3,128,711) remains the designated hitter front-runner over Texas' Michael Young.
In addition to All-Star voting, fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Derby. The Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com. And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. The All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium. MLB.com will have extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities. The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg. AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING TOTALS
Prince Fielder, Tigers: 2,825,532
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 2,261,388
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,863,873
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 1,711,659
Albert Pujols, Angels: 1,429,154
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 3,559,290
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 3,462,367
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 1,666,282
Jason Kipnis, Indians: 852,325
Robert Andino, Orioles: 714,560
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 3,073,541
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 2,692,047
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 1,748,534
Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,688,509
Mike Moustakas, Royals: 968,068
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 4,407,982
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 2,764,888
J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 1,331,927
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 1,063,137
Alcides Escobar, Royals: 880,111
Mike Napoli, Rangers: 3,008,228
Joe Mauer, Twins: 1,772,228
Matt Wieters, Orioles: 1,623,459
A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox: 1,416,594
Russell Martin, Yankees: 1,156,820
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 3,128,711
Michael Young, Rangers: 2,564,572
Adam Dunn, White Sox: 1,436,643
Raul Ibañez, Yankees: 1,429,894
Billy Butler, Royals: 1,105,870
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 7,310,824
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 3,812,339
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 2,773,442
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 2,681,019
Adam Jones, Orioles: 2,633,259
David Murphy, Rangers: 1,738,805
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 1,529,349
Austin Jackson, Tigers: 1,212,881
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 1,183,817
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 1,031,382
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,015,482
Alex Gordon, Royals: 901,595
Nick Markakis, Orioles: 888,183
B.J. Upton, Rays: 881,785
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 775,261