Bay's All-Star stats going unnoticed
Pirates outfielder trying to earn third straight All-Star nod
PITTSBURGH -- A .336 average, 11 multi-hit games and a Player of the Week honor highlighted a May in which Jason Bay shook off a slow start to take the reins as the Pirates' offensive leader.
But it hasn't done much to help him thus far in the All-Star Game balloting.
On Monday, Major League Baseball released updated National League online voting totals, and for the second week in a row, no Pirates player found himself in the top five in any position. Bay isn't even among the top 15 outfielders in the league, though this vote total does not include any of the paper ballots that have been cast.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Bay undoubtedly has the credentials to be worthy of consideration for a starting spot. He is among the league leaders in RBIs, and after 54 games this season, the Pirates left fielder had a .314 average. Those numbers are significantly higher than those belonging to the three outfielders -- Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Ken Griffey Jr. -- who currently hold the top three NL outfield spots.
Bay has represented Pittsburgh in the past two All-Star Games, including as a starter in last year's contest at PNC Park. If chosen for this year's Midsummer Classic, Bay would be the first Pirates player since catcher Tony Pena (1984-1986) to be selected to three consecutive All-Star Games.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an additional All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.