Wells leads Blue Jays in ASG votes
Rios and Hill look to break onto the scene, as well
TORONTO -- Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells' reputation as a Gold Glove defender and powerful hitter is garnering attention in the 2007 All-Star online ballots.
Despite a slow start to the season, Wells is currently ranked in the top 15 in voting among American League outfielders. The two-time All-Star is hitting .256 with five home runs and 27 RBIs through 56 games this season.
Right fielder Alex Rios leads the Jays in all of the major offensive categories, but is not currently among the AL leading vote getters. The 2006 All-Star is hitting .305 with 32 RBIs. He is tied for the lead in home runs among AL outfielders with 13, and Rios' 11 homers out of the No. 1 spot of the lineup ranks first among Major League leadoff men.
Second baseman Aaron Hill is another Jay making a strong case for a trip to San Francisco. Hill is showing Gold Glove caliber defense at his position and is hitting .285 with eight home runs. His 32 RBIs tie him for the lead among A.L. second basemen.
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 11:59 p.m. ET.
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 to 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.
Gregor Chisholm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.