White Sox need rally in All-Star voting
South Siders absent from top vote-getters in recent update
CHICAGO -- Take a quick look at the latest online results from the American League All-Star voting and there's not a White Sox position player to be found among the top five in any category. In the outfield, none of the White Sox starters even qualify for the top 15.But this lack of early support doesn't preclude any of the White Sox position players from making a charge over the next month with both the bat and in the popular online vote. It also doesn't completely represent White Sox starters who should receive consideration for the Midsummer Classic. The best two All-Star candidates for the White Sox come from the pitching staff. Bobby Jenks' 15 saves place the hard-throwing right-hander among the league leaders, while Mark Buehrle doesn't have a plethora of wins to show for his work but has thrown a no-hitter and a two-hitter during the 2007 campaign. Of course, fans cannot vote online for the men on the mound. Fans can cast their votes for position players up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until June 28 at 10:59 p.m. CT. 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.
White Sox faithful should take a serious look at the numbers posted by catcher A.J. Pierzynski and designated hitter Jim Thome. Although Pierzynski's .256 average falls a bit below his career mark of .288, he stands tied for second with Kansas City's John Buck with eight home runs among AL catchers.As a designated hitter for an All-Star Game played at a National League park, Thome has no spot on the ballot. But the prolific slugger has the top on-base percentage of all AL designated hitters at .476, and his slugging percentage of .529 ranks behind only Oakland's Jack Cust and Boston's David Ortiz. Thome would need write-in consideration.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.