Giants need online All-Star push
Sandoval, Rowand, Molina top San Francisco candidates
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval has continued to surge at the plate, and it's beginning to look like his momentum could last until the All-Star break.So he might as well keep busy through the break by playing in the All-Star Game on July 14 in St. Louis. But Sandoval and other Giants candidates need online votes from fans, since balloting at AT&T Park ended Sunday.
Sandoval, who has played plenty of first base for the Giants but is on the National League All-Star ballot as a third baseman, has hit safely in 15 of his past 17 games through Sunday, recording a .435 average (27-for-62) in that span.The switch-batter not only hits often, but he also hits when it counts. Of Sandoval's eight home runs, five have put the Giants ahead. Five also have come in the eighth inning or later. 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 8:59 p.m. PT. 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. 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 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. Like Sandoval, center fielder Aaron Rowand has been on the rise lately. Rowand's hitting .371 (46-for-124) in his past 32 games, lifting his average from .227 to .303. He has six homers, 17 RBIs and 14 multiple-hit games in that span. Another Giant meriting All-Star consideration is Bengie Molina, who leads all NL catchers with 10 home runs, 37 of his 40 RBIs and 22 of his 23 extra-base hits. For good measure, Molina has thrown out 10 baserunners attempting to steal, tied for third in the NL.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.