Soriano leading Cubs in ASG votes

Soriano leading Cubs in ASG votes

CHICAGO -- Alfonso Soriano, vying for his eighth straight trip to the All-Star Game, has garnered 545,354 votes and ranks second among National League outfielders in the latest fan balloting, released Tuesday.

Kosuke Fukudome is among the top 15 National League outfielders in the All-Star balloting, with 214,199 votes, and Aramis Ramirez (260,529) is in the top five at third base.

Soriano has a .357 average in the All-Star Game, including three home runs. This season, he ranks among the NL leaders with 12 home runs. When he hit a career-high 46 homers for the Washington Nationals in 2006, Soriano didn't hit his 12th until his 38th game. This year, he reached a dozen in his first 37 games.

Soriano tied Craig Biggio for second all-time in leadoff home runs, notching his 53rd on May 13 against San Diego.

Fukudome is looking for his second trip to the All-Star Game, to be played in St. Louis on July 14. He celebrated his 32nd birthday on April 26 with five RBIs against the Cardinals, going 3-for-4 with a home run.

Theriot, on the All-Star ballot for the second time in his career, has already set a single-season career-high in home runs before the second month of play has been completed. After hitting seven home runs in his first 713 career at-bats, he hit five in a 58 at-bat stretch in May.

Ramirez was batting .364 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 18 games before he dislocated his left shoulder on May 8. He'll be sidelined four to six weeks.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

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

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

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 will offer extensive online coverage.

In 2008, the Cubs sent an NL-record eight players to the All-Star Game as well as manager Lou Piniella.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.