Tejada's injury opens up All-Star race
Shortstop's fractured wrist creates wide-open derby for O's
The Orioles have a wide-open derby for their All-Star berth, especially since shortstop Miguel Tejada recently went to the disabled list with a fracture in his left wrist. Tejada, who was the only Oriole to rank in the top five of balloting among his positional peers, is expected to be out a month, which would likely erase him from All-Star consideration.
Tejada still ranks behind New York's Derek Jeter and Detroit's Carlos Guillen, but he isn't the only credible Baltimore candidate. Leadoff hitter and second baseman Brian Roberts is the next most likely candidate, and third baseman Melvin Mora has seen a modest power surge combined with atypically strong defense to field his own case.
Starters Erik Bedard and Jeremy Guthrie may also have a case for the All-Star Game, but pitchers are exempt from balloting and will be added later in the process. Fans will get to choose the starting lineups for the Midsummer Classic, and the winner will lock up home-field advantage for the World Series for their respective league.
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 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an 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. 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.
Tejada was Baltimore's lone All-Star last season, but Ramon Hernandez was a candidate in the Final Vote. The Orioles had four All-Stars in 2005, but they've only had one representative in five of the last six years. Tejada, Roberts, Hernandez and third baseman Mora are the only position players on the active roster who have been All-Stars.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.