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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

June 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Ichiro slips in All-Star voting

If Ichiro is going to make the All-Star team for the 11th consecutive season — and he’s not making a strong case for himself this year — he will have to pull off a late run in the fan voting.

In the latest American League voting tabulations announced today, Ichiro has dropped from fourth to fifth in the outfield voting. He was surpassed by Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury. Ichiro has 1,231,035 votes, which is 216,680 behind Ellsbury’s 1,447,715, and 568,304 behind the third-place outfielder, Texas’s Josh Hamilton, who has 1,799,339 votes. Jose Bautista of Toronto leads all outfielders (and all players, for that matter) with 3,042,091 votes, followed by the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson (2,406,946). Carl Crawford of the Red Sox is in sixth place, gaining fast on Ichiro with 1,222,687, just 8,348 votes behind Ichiro.

Ichiro has been voted into the American League starting lineup in nine of his 10 seasons with the Mariners, winning the MVP award in 2007 in San Francisco after hitting the only inside-the-park home run in All-Star history. The only exception was 2005 (when Johnny Damon, Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez were voted in by the fans), but Ichiro was selected to the American League team that year as a reserve. This year, with his average sitting at .262, it is less likely he would be named an All-Star reserve (a process determined largely by player voting) if he is not voted in by fans.

There is a definite Yankee-Red Sox bias so far in the fan balloting, with five Yankees leading at their position (Russell Martin at catcher, Robinson Cano at second base, Derek Jeter at shortstop, Alex Rodriguez at third base and Granderson in the outfield). Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox is leading at first base, having surpassed the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira, and David Ortiz of Boston is leading at DH.

The only non-Yankees or Red Sox in line to start are Bautista and Hamilton. No other Mariner besides Ichiro is listed in the vote totals released today. The All-Star teams in both leagues will be unveiled on July 3, except for the “final man vote” to round out the 34-man teams.

CATCHER

Russell Martin, Yankees: 1,712,156

Alex Avila, Tigers: 1,093,070

Joe Mauer, Twins: 1,041,798

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 763,607

Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 751,858

FIRST BASE

Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 2,027,537

Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,774,024

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1,295,547

Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 692,670

Paul Konerko, White Sox: 507,547

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano, Yankees: 2,649,737

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 1,518,231

Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1,129,023

Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 732,308

Ben Zobrist, Rays: 633,533

THIRD BASE

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 2,063,520

Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,752,729

Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 1,381,381

Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,226,770

Maicer Izturis, Angels: 364,623

SHORTSTOP

Derek Jeter, Yankees: 1,931,670

Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 1,647,802

Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 1,180,962

Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays: 640,395

Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 540,601

DESIGNATED HITTER

David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,974,918

Michael Young, Rangers: 1,428,833

Jorge Posada, Yankees: 810,672

Travis Hafner, Indians: 691,205

Johnny Damon, Rays: 672,529

OUTFIELD

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 3,042,091

Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 2,406,946

Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 1,799,339

Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 1,447,715

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,231,035

Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 1,222,687

Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,123,608

Nick Swisher, Yankees: 937,365

Brett Gardner, Yankees: 796,905

J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 778,871

Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 752,687

Grady Sizemore, Indians: 739,930

Matt Joyce, Rays: 737,377

Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 642,387

David Murphy, Rangers: 622,160

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