Make Weeks, Braun, Fielder NL All-Stars
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MILWAUKEE -- Might 2010 be the year that Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks finally beats back injuries and breaks through as an All-Star?Fans will have a say in whether it is. Weeks is among the Brewers off to a start worthy of consideration for the Midsummer Classic as balloting gets under way this week, hitting .311 through Milwaukee's first 12 games and providing some punch atop the order. Other Brewers home-grown hopefuls include sluggers Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, each of whom have already appeared in a pair of All-Star Games in their young careers. Fielder figures it's Weeks' turn.
"He's always been an All-Star; it's just a matter of him staying healthy," Fielder said. "He's healthy now, and he's doing great."Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 10:59 p.m. CT. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint. And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote sponsored by Sprint. The All-Star Game, to be played in Anaheim on July 13, will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage. In addition to first baseman Fielder, second baseman Weeks and outfielder Braun, the Brewers on the ballot include shortstop Alcides Escobar and third baseman Casey McGehee, both first-timers. Outfielders Carlos Gomez and Jim Edmonds and catcher Gregg Zaun round out the Brewers' nominees. Edmonds, a four-time All-Star, made the ballot over Corey Hart, who won the National League half of the Final Vote in 2008. Edmonds and Hart have been sharing time in right field so far this season. Weeks faces a tall order in his ballot-box bid. Chase Utley of the Phillies has started at second base for the NL in each of the past four years and is off to another solid start. But the other two second basemen on last year's NL roster won't be back. Orlando Hudson represented the Dodgers last year, but this year he's in the American League with the Twins. And Freddy Sanchez, who represented the Pirates but was subsequently traded to the Giants, started this season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. "To this point in the season, Rickie has certainly performed at an All-Star level," Braun said. "I don't think he could have done anything more to contribute to the wins that we have. He certainly deserves recognition. Obviously, there is a long way to go, but he's playing at an All-Star level offensively and defensively."
Braun garnered more than 4 million votes last year to top all NL outfielders for the second straight year and earn a spot in the starting lineup. Robin Yount also started successive All-Star Games, at shortstop in 1982 and 1983, but no Brewer has ever started in three in a row.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.