Early All-Star Game voting favors Mets
Fans can cast their ballots for their favorite stars right now
NEW YORK -- The Mets' mid-summer supremacy in the National League last year was reflected in the balloting for the National League All-Star team. Four Mets were elected to the starting team, and now the same four position players are the leading vote getters at their respective positions in online balloting for the 2007 National League team.
Based on tabulations through Tuesday morning, Carlos Beltran, Paul Lo Duca, Jose Reyes and David Wright have chances to start -- Beltran in the outfield, Lo Duca as the catcher, Reyes at shortstop and Wright at third base -- and establish a Mets precedent.
Only once, in 1986, have four Mets started an All-Star Game, and one was Dwight Gooden, who pitched. The Mets could have had five last year, including a pitcher, but Reyes didn't play because of an injury to his hand, and neither Tom Glavine nor Pedro Martinez -- each selected for the team -- pitched. Glavine had started for the Mets two days earlier, and Martinez excused himself because of injury as he had in 2005.
Of course, the Mets could have eight positions players voted to the team this year. Moises Alou, Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green and Jose Valentin also are on the ballot.
The 77th All-Star Game, scheduled for July 10 in San Francisco, is to be televised nationally by FOX Sports and round the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio is to provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com is to offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio is to have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Fans again can determine who will start. They can cast their votes for starters as often as 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28th, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Moreover, 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 Mets had five All-Stars in 1986 -- Gary Carter, Gooden, Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry, who started, and Sid Fernandez, who pitched one inning in relief. They had four All-Stars in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988.
Among the current Mets, only Beltran has played in successive All-Star Games (three), the first as a member of the National League team in 2004 after he had been elected as a member of the Royals and then traded to the Astros.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.