Cabrera needs a late All-Star push
Marlins slugger third in voting for NL third basemen
It's the final stretch for All-Star voting, and if third baseman Miguel Cabrera is to win the starting nod, the Marlins' 24-year-old slugger will need some help.
Cabrera is currently a strong second in the on-line balloting among National League third basemen. Despite having the most dominant numbers of any third basemen in the league, Cabrera will need a late-charge to overtake New York's David Wright.
Internet voting, which is on-going at MLB.com and www.floridamarlins.com, runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Cabrera is the only Marlin ranked among the leaders.
The past three seasons Cabrera was voting into the All-Star Game by his peers, and odds are he will be picked for a fourth straight season.
If Cabrera is selected, he will become the first Marlin ever chosen to four All-Star Games.
Voting at Dolphin Stadium concluded on June 14.
The 2007 All-Star Game will be played on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
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.
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 only three-time Florida All-Stars are Cabrera, Mike Lowell and Luis Castillo.
While several other Marlins are having All-Star caliber seasons, they are not among the leaders at their respective positions.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, the NL Rookie of the Year in 2006, has hit better than .300 all season and ranks among the league leaders in runs scored. And outfielder Josh Willingham is deserving of consideration. Willingham and Cabrera have been battling for the club lead in RBIs.
Second baseman Dan Uggla, an All-Star in 2006, has thus far posted better power numbers than in his rookie season.
Eight Marlins position players are on the ballot. The others are catcher Miguel Olivo, first baseman Mike Jacobs, right fielder Jeremy Hermida and center fielder Alejandro De Aza.
De Aza currently is on the disabled list.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.