Fans can reward Gonzalez with vote
Balloting now under way online, in parks for All-Star Game
SAN DIEGO -- Adrian Gonzalez didn't make the National League All-Star team a year ago, although based on the season the Padres' first baseman had, it's hard not to imagine the 24-year-old playing in the Midsummer Classic at some point in his career.
It might even happen this season.
Gonzalez, catcher Josh Bard, second baseman Marcus Giles, shortstop Khalil Greene, third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and outfielders Brian Giles, Mike Cameron and Terrmel Sledge have been named to the 2007 National League All-Star ballot for the All-Star Game.
The game will be played on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
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 11:59 p.m. ET.
In-stadium balloting at PETCO Park begins April 26 and ends on June 19.
Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster 2007 All-Star Final Vote. The vote will begin immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1.
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.
Gonzalez, who hit .304 with 24 home runs and 82 RBIs for the Padres in 2006, could well be in San Francisco for the All-Star Game. He's gotten off to another fast start in 2007.
While Gonzalez, Bard, Kouzmanoff, Greene and Sledge have yet to be selected to play in an All-Star Game, Cameron, Marcus Giles and Brian Giles have.
Cameron was picked to play in the 2001 game while a member of the Seattle Mariners. Marcus Giles (Atlanta, 2003) and his older brother Brian (Pittsburgh, 2000-01) have also been selected to play in the Midsummer Classic.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.