Longoria vies with Jeter for top All-Star vote getter; Bartlett fourth at shortstop
Rays slugger Evan Longoria is well on pace to make his second All-Star game.
Longoria is the leading AL All-Star vote getter at third base - by far - and is in a closely-contested race with Yankees captain Derek Jeter to be the American League's top vote-getter overall.
Just 570 votes separate Jeter (.287, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB entering play today), a nine-time All-Star whose 664,630 votes lead all American Leaguers, and the 2008 A.L. Rookie of the Year Longoria (.324, 11 HR, 49 RBI, 20 2B), who has garnered 664,060 votes as he bids for his first starting assignment and his second All-Star nod in his two Major League seasons.
Longoria has a huge lead on other AL third basemen, ahead of Rangers Michael Young (296,025) and Yankees star Alex Rodriguez (245,414).
Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett, who is having an All-Star caliber season (secon in the AL in hitting .373), has the fourth-most votes among AL shortstops. Jeter leads with 664,630, but the Jays Marco Scutaro (273,589) and Rangers Elvis Andrus (258,243) ahead of Bartlett (233,482).
Carl Crawford is the sixth-leading vote-getter among AL outfielders (260,325).
Fans around the world 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 Web sites.
- JOE SMITH