06/05/07 9:16 PM ET
Chavez trying to field All-Star votes
Third baseman holding steady at fourth in online balloting
By Matt Smith / MLB.com
As was noted last week, Chavez has never been an All-Star despite winning six consecutive Gold Gloves. He has also hit more than 30 homers in a season twice and driven in 100 runs four times.
Former A's outfielder Dwayne Murphy won six straight Gold Gloves from 1980-85 and he never reached an All-Star Game. Murphy didn't have quite the offensive output that Chavez has had.
Murphy also couldn't get the aid of online voters, and Chavez can. Fans can just simply go to a computer to help Chavez get to his first All-Star Game.
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.
The AL and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled July 1 on the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised nationally by TBS.
Following the announcement, 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.com Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
The A's have no other infielders in the top five in voting for their position and no outfielder is in the top 15 overall.
Nick Swisher is a guy who seems to be getting overlooked, considering he was hitting .300 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs entering Sunday's game with Minnesota.
Matt Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.