Soriano, Fukudome making All-Star impact
Cubs outfielders among NL leaders in latest ballot update
CHICAGO -- Cubs outfielders Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome are among the top 15 at their position in the most recent National League All-Star balloting update.Milwaukee's Ryan Braun leads all NL outfielders. Soriano is vying for his eighth straight trip to the All-Star Game, which will be played on July 14 in St. Louis.
Soriano has a .357 average in the All-Star Game, including three home runs. He's tied with Craig Biggio for second all-time in leadoff home runs, notching his 53rd on May 13 against San Diego. The Cubs left fielder got off to a hot start with a .284 April and seven home runs. He's been bothered by a sore left knee, and was batting .215 in May.Fukudome is looking for his second trip to the All-Star Game. He has been one of the most consistent hitters in the lineup this year, and celebrated his 32nd birthday April 26 with a five-RBI game against the Cardinals, going 3-for-4 with a home run. 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 10:59 p.m. CT. 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. In 2008, the Cubs sent a National League-record eight players to the All-Star Game as well as manager Lou Piniella.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.