July 4 (Bloomberg) -- Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays received a record number of fan votes to this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will feature six players from the New York Yankees.
Bautista, who leads the majors with 27 home runs this season, was named on 7.45 million ballots to top the previous record of 6.07 million votes for Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners in 1994. Three other American League starters surpassed the previous record, including Yankees’ second baseman Robinson Cano and centerfielder Curtis Granderson.
Cano and Granderson were selected yesterday as starters, along with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez. It’s the first time one team has had three All-Star infield starters since 2004, when the Yankees’ Jeter, Rodriguez and Jason Giambi made the AL squad.
Yankees catcher Russell Martin and reliever Mariano Rivera were selected as American League reserves. The Yankees’ six All-Stars are the most of any team.
Shortstop Jose Reyes was the only player from the New York Mets to make the National League’s starting line-up.
At stake in the July 12 game is home-field advantage in the World Series. Since 2003, the team from the winning league has earned the right to host as many as four games in the best-of-seven championship matchup. The NL last year ended its 13-year winless streak with a 3-1 victory.
The 82nd All-Star Game will be at Chase Field in Phoenix. Bruce Bochy of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants will manage the NL team, while Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers leads the AL squad.
Braun Leads NL
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers set an NL record with 5.93 million votes to earn a fourth straight starting spot. The previous NL mark of 5.4 million votes was set by Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009.
Braun will be joined on the NL’s starting roster by Milwaukee teammates Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks, who will play first and second base respectively.
Bautista is the first Blue Jay voted onto the All-Star roster since Carlos Delgado in 2003 and the ninth player in the team’s 34-year history to make the team. He’ll start in the outfield, even though he switched to third base late last month. Bautista is the only Toronto outfielder elected by fans since Joe Carter in 1994 and the first outfielder to lead the voting since Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki in 2003, MLB said.
Granderson will make his first appearance in the game, while Jeter will make his sixth consecutive start and 12th appearance overall. Cano was chosen for the second time and Rodriguez ties Ivan Rodriguez for the lead among active players with 14 All-Star Game appearances.
San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Brian Wilson and Matt Cain are among the NL’s 13 pitchers. The lineup also features Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels from the Phillies, who have the best record in the majors.
David Price and James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays lead the AL pitching staff, which also features Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.
Reyes was selected for his fourth appearance and second as a starter. The only other Mets player to make the NL roster was Carlos Beltran, who was selected as a reserve.
The final player on each team will be decided by a public vote that ends July 7.
The AL candidates are Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez and Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist.
NL nominees are right fielder Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, first baseman Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies, pitcher Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks, left fielder Michael Morse of the Washington Nationals and center fielder Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies.
AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTERS 1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox 2B: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees 3B: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees SS: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees OF: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays OF: Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees OF: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers DH: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox C: Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers PITCHERS RHP: Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox RHP: Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners LHP: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays RHP: James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays RHP: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers RHP: Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels LHP: C.J. Wilson, Texas Rangers LHP: Gio Gonzalez, Oakland Athletics RHP: Aaron Crow, Kansas City Royals RHP: Brandon League, Seattle Mariners RHP: Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians RHP: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees RHP: Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers RESERVES 1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers 2B: Howard Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels 3B: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians OF: Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox OF: Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay Rays OF: Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox DH: Michael Young, Texas Rangers C: Russell Martin, New York Yankees C: Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTERS 1B: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers 2B: Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers 3B: Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies SS: Jose Reyes, New York Mets OF: Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals OF: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers OF: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers C: Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves PITCHERS RHP: Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants RHP: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies LHP: Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies RHP: Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta Braves LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers LHP: Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies RHP: Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants RHP: Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants RHP: Heath Bell, San Diego Padres RHP: Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals RHP: Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh Pirates LHP: Jonny Venters, Atlanta Braves RHP: Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants RESERVES 1B: Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins 1B: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds 2B: Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds 3B: Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves SS: Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies OF: Carlos Beltran, New York Mets OF: Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds OF: Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals OF: Hunter Pence, Houston Astros OF: Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks C: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at email@example.com To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at firstname.lastname@example.org