The 2010 All star will take place at Anaheim stadium on July 13, 2010 but the action is already underway with the all-star voting sponsored by Sprint. The best news of all is that 2 Tampa Bay Players have their sights locked on the All-Star Locker room and there are a few more who are damn close and with the help of the fans they can make it to the team. Fans with Sprint Smart Phones and selected calling plans can cast early votes now and all Sprint Smart phone customers can begin voting on Monday. The early voting is due to the fact that sprint is sponsoring not only the voting but also the game this year.
A surprise to be in the lineup so far is Longoria, who is have a damn great year and is only in his third season. He currently leads the Rays in RBI’s and on Monday ranked in first place for third base with 2,534,967 votes putting him 963,136 votes ahead of the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez. It looks like a done deal for Longoria. Carlos Pena ranked fifth in the first-base voting with 620,001 which put him far behind the leader for the position Justin Morneau of the Twins who so far has 1,752,276 votes to his tally.
Last year MVP of the all star game Crawford, also looks like he will be hanging another commemorative All-star Jockstrap in his locker this year. He currently is in second place among the outfielders of the American League with over 1,445,615 votes. The leaders American leagues tradition of starting the top three players in the votes means that Crawford will be suiting up beside the Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki who is in first with 1,567,788 votes, and the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, who was in third place with 1,431,013 votes.
Fans are able to start voting with their sprint smart phones on certain plans beginning on Monday and all fans can cast up to 25 votes for their favorite teams via the MLB.com website or any of the 30 club sites for the individual teams. Online voting closes t the same time as text voting on July 4th during the All-Star Selection Show. The Al-Star Announcements will be broadcast on the TBS superstation. There will also be some interesting changes to the voting this year that will allow the experience to be more enjoyable for both the players and the fans. During the show the fans all over the world will be given a chance to cast “the final vote” to help set the teams and the starting lineup. All voting is being sponsored by Sprint, who is also sponsoring the Game. The all-star selection showed being broadcast via satellite worldwide courtesy of TBS and co-sponsored by Sprint and Pizza Hut/Taco Bell.
For an additional level of interactivity this year fans will also be allowed to vote for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. This is a great opportunity for the fans to be involved with the MVP selections and get to have a say as to who they feel was the best player in the game. The All-Star Game will be televised by FOX nationwide and additional coverage will be available on the web at MLB.com ESPN Radio will be providing official Play-by-Play coverage across all of north America on AM, FM and XM bands as well as HD radio.
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