Young seeking All-Star support from fans
Rangers third baseman posting another strong campaign
ARLINGTON -- Michael Young had the Rangers' only two hits in an 8-1 loss to Jon Lester and the Red Sox on Saturday night.When the game was over, Young was hitting .335, the eighth highest average in the American League and highest among all third basemen. He was tied for the AL lead in doubles. His .910 OPS (on-base plus slugging) was 15th in the league.
In short, Young is having another All-Star-caliber season, but is still not getting full support in the fans' voting to be in the starting lineup for the 2009 All-Star Game on July 14 at 7 p.m. CT in St. Louis. With 655,398 votes, Young, who spent the past few years trailing Derek Jeter at shortstop, is trailing both Evan Longoria (1,560,358) and Alex Rodriguez (678,227) at third base in the latest update of the fans' voting.Young is trying to earn his sixth straight All-Star selection. He has never been voted onto the team as a starter by the fans, but keeps getting selected either by the players' vote or by the manager of the team. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 15th inning of last year's Midsummer Classic at Yankee Stadium. Two of Young's teammates continue to do well at the ballot box. Ian Kinsler continues to lead Boston's Dustin Pedroia at second base and Josh Hamilton -- despite being on the disabled list for the second time this season -- is second among all outfielders, sandwiched between Boston's Jason Bay and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki. 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. 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. Among other Rangers, Elvis Andrus is third among shortstops with 584,462 votes, Jarrod Saltalamacchia (583,033) is second among catchers and Chris Davis (461,183) is fifth among first basemen. Nelson Cruz (603,769) is ninth among outfielders.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.