Ibanez takes lead in NL outfield voting
Phils fans also boost Utley, Rollins to head of the pack
LOS ANGELES -- Phillies fans started a grassroots campaign two weeks ago to get Raul Ibanez elected to the National League All-Star team.
It is working, but they haven't stopped there.
Ibanez moved from sixth place two weeks ago to second place last week to first place this week among NL outfielders in the latest voting update. He joins Chase Utley, who leads second basemen, and Jimmy Rollins, who leads shortstops.
The Phillies are everywhere in the NL voting. Ryan Howard is second among first basemen; Carlos Ruiz is fifth among catchers; Pedro Feliz is fourth among third basemen; Shane Victorino is sixth and Jayson Werth eighth among outfielders.
Yes, every Phillies player ranks among the top vote getters at their respective positions.
Fans 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 sites until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.
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 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game 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.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.