The way Barry Bonds keeps slipping in the National League outfielder voting, it doesn’t seem like even Giants fans want their superstar slugger in the July 10 All-Star Game at AT&T Park.
While Bonds, who was third in the initial voting but was fourth the last two weeks, maintained his No. 4 status in fan balloting to determine the starters for the Midsummer Classic, he fell further behind in his quest to what could be the soon-to-be all-time home run king’s final All-Star Game.
Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets, Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds and Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs remain on track to start. But Bonds saw Soriano’s lead increase from 42,009 last week to 120,466 with less than two weeks to go before the polls close.
One surprising change in the fan voting had Prince Fielder, the NL’s leader in homers this season, surge past St. Louis Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols. Fielder trailed Pujols by 47,119 votes last week, but the 23-year-old now leads the former NL MVP by 23,148 votes.
NOTABLE MOMENTS IN ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
1993: AL 9, NL 3
The first of two famous Randy Johnson incidents: Two pitches sail over the head of John Kruk.
1955: NL 6, AL 5
Al Kaline, at 20 years and 6 months, becomes the youngest player to start an All-Star Game.