Nothing’s changed, as another week has merely widened Utley’s already sizeable lead. The Cubs’ Mark DeRosa, a distant second behind Utley, will have to be named by NL manager Clint Hurdle to attend the Midsummer Classic.
With 1,743,548 votes, Utley is the leading vote-getter in the Major Leagues. He has more votes than the Astros’ Lance Berkman, the Yankees’ Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez, the Red Sox’s David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez and the Braves’ Chipper Jones.
Last week, Utley added to his Major League-leading home run total when he pounded his 22nd of the season off Cardinals righty Todd Wellemeyer on Friday. He’s also had two stretches in which he’s homered in five straight games. Utley started the 2007 All-Star Game, going 0-for-2 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, and he played in the 2006 contest, going 1-for-2 at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
The Phillies superstar is poised to make his second All-Star start. This would be Utley’s first career appearance at Yankee Stadium in the historic ballpark’s final season.
Utley’s teammate Jimmy Rollins, the reigning NL Most Valuable Player, moved up to fourth among shortstops, behind the Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez, the Cubs’ Ryan Theriot and the Astros’ Miguel Tejada.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who has struggled this season, now sits in fifth place among first baseman, trailing Berkman, the Cubs’ Derrek Lee, the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and the Brewers’ Prince Fielder. The 79th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 15 will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM Radio will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
The Midsummer Classic will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth one in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, ’60 and ’77; the Polo Grounds held the game in ’34 and ’42; Ebbets Field was the site in ’49; and Shea Stadium hosted the ’64 tilt.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Wednesday, July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star 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 presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com.
Utley is now the leading vote getter in the Majors for the All-Star Game? Outstanding. Go Chase. Now let’s see if we can get you some company, shall we?