OAKLAND -- A's third baseman Eric Chavez, a six-time Gold Glove winner who has eclipsed 30 home runs and 100 RBIs several times in his career, has never been an All-Star.
Thanks to online voting, he's getting closer. Chavez ranks fourth at his position in the most recent results released Wednesday.
"I'd like to see him make it someday. He deserves it," A's second baseman Mark Ellis said this spring. "He's been a slow starter, and that's hurt him, but he usually has big numbers by the end of the year."
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.
Fans again will 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, 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 Award, 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.
No other member of the A's is among the top five at his position in online voting, and none of Oakland's outfielders are in the top 15.
"This is a team without a lot of star power, especially with all the injuries," said manager Bob Geren, whose club used the disabled list 13 times in the season's first two months. "If they voted after the season, though, my guess is we'd get more attention."
Mychael Urban is a
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