G.A. has starred in the ASG
Angels' Anderson was MVP and Home Run Derby champ in '03
It's a fan's game.With that comes some responsibility, and the fans each year are bestowed the right to vote for their favorite stars to appear in the All-Star Game. This year's game will be played July 12 in Detroit, and Vladimir Guerrero is currently the only Angel who holds a strong spot in fan balloting. Though the 2004 American League MVP is on the disabled list with a partially dislocated left shoulder, Guerrero is running third in the AL outfield behind leader Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox and Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. Guerrero had 695,246 votes through Monday's balloting update. Ramirez had 758,904 votes and Suzuki had received 695,246. Boston's Johnny Damon is fourth with 609,597 votes.
Two other Angels outfielders have outside shots. Garret Anderson is currently 12th in fan balloting while Steve Finley is 13th. No other Angel is listed among the current leaders in voting for the Midsummer Classic.Anderson is a two-time All-Star, appearing consecutively in 2002 and 2003. A member of the Angels throughout his 12-year Major League career, Anderson put his name in the All-Star annals when he was named the MVP of the 2003 contest and also won the Home Run Derby that year. Over his two All-Star Games, Anderson has a .375 batting average with a double and six RBIs. Driving in runs is a talent that has also placed Anderson in exclusive company on his own club. With a three-run homer on Saturday, Anderson established a franchise record in RBIs with 990 to break the mark set by longtime teammate Tim Salmon. But despite those accomplishments, Anderson is back in the pack in fan balloting among AL outfielders. Entering Monday, Anderson and Ichiro are both hitting .310, while Guerrero is hitting .303. Ramirez is hitting .255. Anderson's 44 RBIs are tops among AL outfielders, while his .344 average with runners in scoring position is better than all but three outfielders ahead of him on the ballot: Damon, Scott Podsednik and Gary Sheffield. Other Angels on the ballot are catcher Bengie Molina, designated hitter Jeff DaVanon, first baseman Darin Erstad, second baseman Adam Kennedy and shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Chone Figgins is listed as the third baseman. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites. Online balloting ends at 8:59 p.m. PT on June 30. In-stadium balloting at Angel Stadium ends Sunday, June 26.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.