Teixeira looks for All-Star consideration
Slugger behind in voting; Kinsler, Young get support
The Rangers are still not getting much respect from online voters in the latest update of Internet voting for the All-Star Game.Mark Teixeira is still not in the top five in balloting even though he has been on a tear since May 3. Teixeira is hitting .365 in his last 31 games with 24 runs scored, nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 115 at-bats. In that stretch he has a .456 on-base percentage and a .722 slugging percentage. For the season, Teixeira is hitting .301 with 38 runs scored, 11 home runs and 36 RBIs as well as playing outstanding defense. That's what has impressed manager Ron Washington most. "I knew he was a good defensive player, but I never realized he was this good," Washington said. "He has been outstanding." Second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Michael Young and outfielder Sammy Sosa are the only Rangers who are among the leaders at their position. Kinsler is third among second basemen, Young is fifth among shortstops and Sosa is 13th among outfielders. Kinsler is hitting .239 with 10 home runs, 30 runs and 27 RBIs, Young is batting .256 with 33 runs scored, four home runs and 29 RBIs and Sosa is hitting .245 with 24 runs scored, 10 home runs and 42 RBIs., Young is batting .256 with 33 runs scored, four home runs and 29 RBI and Sosa is hitting .245 with 24 runs scored, 10 home runs and 42 RBI.
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 10:59 p.m. CT.Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. 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 Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet. Young and center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. represented the Rangers last year. Both were selected as reserves, marking the first time since 1991 that the Rangers did not have at least one player in the American League's starting lineup.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.