Giants fans will need to make a late and very strong push if they want to see Barry Bonds start in the outfield for the NL in the July 10 All-Star Game at AT&T Park. The Giants’ slugger is still fourth and remains a long shot to overtake third-place Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs. In the last announced totals before voting closes Thursday and rosters are unveiled Sunday, Bonds is 119,158 votes behind Soriano after trailing by 120,466 last week.
Meanwhile, the NL starting infield is looking like it will be the youngest since 1970. Prince Fielder, 23, of the Milwaukee Brewers has expanded his lead over Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals and would be joined by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, 28, New York Mets third baseman David Wright, 24, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, 24, and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, 24, who hold decent leads. They would supplant the 1970 group of Cardinals first baseman Dick Allen, 28, Cubs second baseman Glenn Beckert, 29, Cubs shortstop Dick Kessinger, 28, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Tony Perez, 28, and Reds catcher Johnny Bench, 21, as the youngest unit in 38 years.
NOTABLE MOMENTS IN ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
1973: NL 7, AL 1
Bobby Bonds becomes the fifth Giant to be named MVP after hitting a two-run homer and doubling.
1962: AL 9, NL 4
Leon Wagner is the first player to win the MVP award, getting it in the second of the year's two All-Star Games.