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Sanchez's numbers not translating to votes

Sanchez's numbers not translating to votes

Despite leading all second baseman in batting average, Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez continues to trail his infield counterparts in the ongoing All-Star Game voting tabulations.

Sanchez was not among the top five National League vote-getters among second basemen when Major League Baseball released its latest voting totals on Monday, meaning he'll need a significant push in the final two weeks of voting. No other Pirates dented the top five either.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The July 14 All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

After a multihit game on Sunday, Sanchez has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games and continues to see his average creep further above the .300 mark. An All-Star in 2006 and 2007, Sanchez hit .337 in April and .300 in May. His season highlight came on May 25, when the second baseman went 6-for-6 in a game at Wrigley Field.

While most of Sanchez's fanfare has surrounded his offensive production, the second baseman has been one of the league's best defensively as well. Sanchez has just one error this season, and his .997 fielding percentage is best in the NL.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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