Cabrera, Kipnis among All-Star vote leaders
Shortstop fourth, second baseman fifth in latest balloting
CLEVELAND -- There was a bit of an outcry within the Indians' clubhouse last week when Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was not among the leading vote-getters at his position for next month's All-Star Game.
Cleveland's fans took notice.
On Monday, in the latest unveiling of All-Star balloting results, Kipnis cracked the American League's top five at second base after being absent from the list a week ago. Kipnis ranked fifth among AL second basemen and Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was fourth in voting at his position.Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Kipnis and Cabrera have a long way to go before potentially cracking the AL's elite roster, but their inclusion in the voting results shows they are receiving increasing recognition.
"I'm appreciating all the support that I'm getting," Kipnis said last week. "It'd be a tremendous honor to have. I'd love to represent Cleveland in the All-Star Game, but at the same time, I'm not going to lobby for votes on Twitter or anything like that. I'm hoping my play and stats will speak for themselves.
"It'd just be really cool. It's something every player wants to experience at least once. To be doing it in my first season would be really cool."
Heading into Tuesday's action, Kipnis leads American League second basemen in RBIs (39) and stolen bases (15) and was tied for the lead at his position in games played (59). He ranked second in home runs (10), average (.285), slugging percentage (.460), on-base plus slugging percentage (.805), triples (three) and runs (43). Kipnis ranked third in hits (68), on-base percentage (.345) and total bases (110).
Kipnis leads the Indians in games, runs, hits, homers, RBIs, stolen bases, slugging percentage and total bases.
The AL's leading vote-getter at second base is Texas' Ian Kinsler (1,920,364), followed by New York's Robinson Cano (1,732,359), Boston's Dustin Pedroia (1,037,522), Baltimore's Robert Andino (402,083) and Kipnis (357,651). Considering this is Kipnis' first full season in the Majors -- he suited up in the Futures Game last July -- the second baseman has an uphill battle in terms of gaining ballots.
"He just plays a tough position to crack in in the American League," Indians manager Manny Acta said last week. "You've got the Kinslers and the Pedroias and the Canos of the world. It's tough, but he's been an All-Star."
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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Cabrera headed into Monday's off-day for the Tribe hitting .296 with five home runs, 15 doubles and 25 RBIs in 50 games for the Indians. In the latest poll results, New York's Derek Jeter (2,419,508) led the way among AL shortstops, followed by Texas' Elvis Andrus (1,448,544), Baltimore's J.J. Hardy (663,042) and Cabrera (514,741).
Despite ranking 14th in games played among AL shortstops, Cabrera ranked first among his positional peers in on-base percentage (.383), slugging percentage (.457) and OPS (.841) and was tied for the most doubles. He ranked second in average, was tied for second in walks (24) and ranked third in extra-base hits (21).
"Asdrubal Cabrera is having another good season," Acta said last week. "He's not doing what he did last year, but he's been very, very good."