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Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau Lead in All-Star Voting


Although they have both been to the Midsummer Classic, Minnesota Twins stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have never started the game together.

With the help of loyal fans, that could all change in 2010.

As of Tuesday morning, the former roommates were leading their respective positions in All-Star voting. Mauer has started two of his three All-Star games, and Morneau has been a reserve player for his three.

If the two both start, it will be the first time since 1968 (Harmon Killewbrew and Rod Carew) that two Twins started the All-Star Game.

Morneau (.342, 15 HR, 49 RBI) leads Yankee Mark Teixeira (.228, 12 HR, 45 RBI) by 245,000 votes, and Mauer (.303, 3 HR, 31 RBI) leads Yankee Jorge Posada (.281, 9 HR, 26 RBI) by over two million votes.

Several other Twins are in the top percentile of votes recieved for their positions. Orlando Hudson ranks fourth among second basemen, JJ Hardy ranks third among shortstops, and Jason Kubel ranks fifth among designated hitters.

OF Michael Cuddyer and Denard Span are ranked 12th and 15th among AL outfielders.

New York Yankees fans have been stuffing ballot boxes, with eight of their nine position players all in the top 20 percent of vote getters. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano lead their positions, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Jorge Posada are second, and Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, and Brett Gardner are all in the top eight among outfielders.

Teams with out players in the top five are Kansas City, Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland and Cleveland.

You can check out current voting results here. The game takes place on July 13th in Anaheim

1 comment:

  1. It is great to see them both on top, I think if you look at the leaders across the board it is evidence that voters are getting more sophisticated in who they are voting for and not just necessarily the hometown guy to start. All of those guys on top are pretty solid choices.

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