Bonds heats up, votes rise accordingly
Giants slugger stands third in outfield balloting in latest update
After a May slump, Barry Bonds has regained his hitting stroke. The fans apparently have noticed.
The Giants left fielder remains among the National League outfield leaders in online balloting for Major League Baseball's 78th All-Star Game, to be held Tuesday, July 10 at AT&T Park. Bonds ranks third at his position, joined by the New York Mets' Carlos Beltran, Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr., the Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano and Atlanta's Andruw Jones among the league's top five outfielders.
From May 9-26, Bonds hit .125 (5-for-40) with a double and no RBIs during a 14-game stretch. His on-base percentage didn't suffer much, given the 19 walks he drew. Bonds ended that drought last Sunday with his 746th career home run, leaving him nine behind all-time leader Hank Aaron.
In his last seven games, through Sunday, Bonds is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and six walks.
Bonds is the only member of the Giants, who will be hosting their fifth All-Star Game in franchise history, among the top vote-getters. That doesn't mean he's their only deserving candidate.
Bengie Molina ranks among the NL's top catcher in batting average (.311), RBIs (33), doubles (11) and home runs (six). Molina also has thrived in the clutch, batting .542 (13-for-24) with 20 RBIs with two outs and runners in scoring position through Sunday.
Outfielder Randy Winn has raised his average from .172 to .302 by hitting .324 (56-for-173) in his last 45 games since April 13. That stretch included a 20-game hitting streak, the longest by a Giant since Robby Thompson had a 21-game run in 1993.
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 28th at 8:59 p.m. PT.
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.com Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.