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Posted on: July 10, 2010 6:09 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 6:31 pm

Swisher, Young in Derby; no room for HR leader

Major League Baseball announced Saturday that the Yankees' Nick Swisher and the Diamondbacks' Chris Young will take the final two spots in Monday's Home Run Derby.

Swisher replaces teammate Robinson Cano, whom the Yankees barred from competing due to a back issue (which apparently has not impacted his ability to bat .337 and play in 85 of New York's 86 games).

Meanwhile, major league home run leader Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays was never asked to compete, even though he has indicated he would have accepted.

"I love the support," Bautista told the Canadian Press on Saturday before going out and hitting his 24th homer. "A lot of people have been voicing their displeasure with me not even being asked. It's nothing I can control, just sit here and wait until they give me a call."

That call is apparently never going to come. Gee, think MLB wanted a Yankee in the lineup?

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 10:03 am

Final Vote coming down to final hours

Kevin Youkilis Oh, the suspense!

In another Yankee-Red Sox battle we're being hit over the head with, Nick Swisher holds "the slimmest of leads" over Kevin Youkilis in the American League Final Vote for the All-Star Game, despite nobody making a convincing case for Swisher other than his uniform, based on the latest results released by

In what can only be a desperate attempt by Major League Baseball's website to generate page views (since all voting takes place on the site), has seen fit to release a breathless update to the (unlimited) voting that ends today at 4 p.m.

The winner of the final spots will be announced on MLB Network (yay synergy!) at 6 p.m.

Joey Votto still leads the National League voting (funny what leading the league in homers and OPS will do for you), but, the site warns -- without giving any numbers -- Carlos Gonzalez has passed Billy Wagner for third place in the voting. Ryan Zimmerman is still in second. Heath Bell was removed from the ballot when he was placed on the team as a replacement for Yovani Gallardo.

In the American League, it's all Yankees-Red Sox all the time. The release says it's a "virtual tie" between Youkilis (.292/.409/.574 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI) and Swisher (.298/.376/.518 14 HR, 48 RBI, one appearance on "How I Met Your Mother " --  CBS can play the synergy game too!), but not a real tie, because that would mean they're tied, as opposed to a "virtual tie" which goes back to the ol' tie goes to the Yankee rule.

Paul Konerko is in third place in the AL voting, followed by Michael Young and Delmon Young.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:53 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 10:28 pm

Final Vote coming down to wire

Ashley Jocketty Major League Baseball on Wednesday released updated results of the Final Vote, with Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher regaining the lead over Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis in the American League race.

With voting set to close at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, Swisher and Youkilis are in the tightest race in the nine-year history of the Final Vote, in which fans select the final members of the All-Star squads. In the National League, Reds first baseman Joey Votto is in the lead.

Cincinnati has pulled out all the stops in its Votto campaign -- including Ashley Jocketty, daughter of Reds GM Walt Jocketty, holding up a sign outside the Today Show studio Wednesday morning (photo courtesy of the Reds).

Fans can vote through official team sites or at

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 3:37 pm

Youkilis takes lead in 'Final Vote'

Kevin Youkils Apparently we're getting official releases on the All-Star Game Final Vote daily now, and even though it's getting kind of boring, the results are there. And it appears the '75 Series team-up of the Red Sox and Reds is working, as Kevin Youkilis and Joey Votto are the leading vote-getters.

Monday, the teams announced a partnership, asking fans to vote for both players. Youkilis is a Cincinnati native and played at the University of Cincinnati, while Votto has been the cause celebre since Charlie Manuel announced the team.

Both are deserving of the nods, so it's nice to see the fans getting it right again -- although they could still screw it up in the next 48 hours.

Youkilis overtook the Yankees' Nick Swisher in the last 24 hours, while Michael Young, Paul Konerko and Delmon Young trailed. Youkilis is third in the American League in OPS (1.002) and tied for seventh in homers with 17. Konerko is seventh in OPS (.948) and tied for second in home runs with 20.

Votto overtook the National League lead in home runs with two Monday night against the Mets. He now has 21, tied with Toronto's Jose Bautista for the majors' lead. Votto also leads the NL in on-base percentage (.418), slugging (.599) and, naturally, OPS (1.017).

Although vote totals are not released, Votto leads Ryan Zimmerman, Billy Wagner, Carlos Gonzalez and Heath Bell.

At least one of those nominees isn't happy with the attention Votto's gotten for his snub.

"I won't win the final vote," Wagner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "I'm not a fan favorite. ESPN is running promos for Joey Votto, what's that tell you."

Yep, we all know, that great midwest bias -- every time you turn on the TV, it's Cincinnati, Kansas City and Cleveland (well, it is Cleveland, but it has nothing to do with Shin-Soo Choo).

Wagner has 17 saves and has a 1.35 ERA and a .165 opponents' batting average, as well as the sentimental card, as he's announced he's retiring at the end of this season.

As for the Reds-Red Sox partnership, the Reds will wear "Vote Red" and "Vote Votto-Youkilis" shirts for batting practice Wednesday at Citi Field, according to's Mark Sheldon . The Reds equipment manager, Rick Stowe, has written "Vote Red" and "Vote Votto" on batting practice balls to remind fans to vote, as well. The Toronto Sun has also joined in the efforts, publishing a "Vote for Votto" campaign page for the Toronto native.

In addition to the Reds stumping for Youkilis, John Kerry is campaigning for the Red Sox first baseman, sending out an email asking his supporters to participate in the vote .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 4:56 pm

Votto, Swisher leading Final Vote

Joey Votto Perhaps the fans have a better handle on who should be on the National League All-Star roster than Charlie Manuel.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto is leading National League portion of the All-Star Final Vote after 24 hours, Major League Baseball announced in a release on Monday. The Yankees' Nick Swisher leads the American League voting.

More than 10 million votes came in the first 24 hours, with Swisher leading Boston's Kevin Youkilis slightly, followed by Michael Young, Paul Konerko and Delmon Young.

In the National League, it's Votto, followed by Ryan Zimmerman, Billy Wagner, Carlos Gonzalez and Heath Bell.

Votto was the most obvious All-Star snub, in part because Manuel took his own player, Ryan Howard, over the more deserving Votto. The fans selected Albert Pujols at first and Adrian Gonzalez was another deserving selection at first.

But Howard, who is having a great season, was picked by Manuel over Votto, who is having a great season.

Votto leads the league in OPS (.984), is third in on-base percentage (.412), fifth in batting average (.312), third in slugging (.572), fourth in runs (53), tied for second in home runs (19), fifth in RBI (57) and fifth in walks (46).

Howard's only in the top 10 in one of those categories, runs (53), and even that trails Votto. And it's not as if it's Howard's glove that got him to Anaheim.

In the American League, Youkilis is clearly more deserving than his Yankee brethren. Youkilis is fourth in OPS (1.000), third in OBP (.416), first in runs (65), seventh in home runs (17) and second in walks (50). Swisher is not in the top 10 in any important category other than pinstripes.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 5:11 pm

Yankees might be set in OF after all

Nick Swisher If you're like me, you stay up nights worrying about how to save the Yankees money.

Well, sleep tight, says Joel Sherman of the New York Post -- the Bombers might not have to pop for a big-money outfielder next winter after all if their current outfield keeps playing like this.

It has been assumed that the Yankees will add free-agents-to-be Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth to their Big Box O' All-Stars (hey, why not buy both?), but at the moment they have one of the better outfields in the American League.

Nick Swisher (.245 career average, now batting .301) is playing out of his mind, having his best season in virtually every statistical category. Curtis Granderson's numbers aren't great, but he's showed signs (a .978 OPS in May). Brett Gardner (.322 batting average, 22 steals) has given them more than they expected.

Tuesday night, the trio drove in the first four runs in an 8-3 victory over Yankee-killer Roy Halladay and the Phillies.

"I definitely do not think we are short in the outfield," hitting coach Kevin Long told the Post.

The question is, do the Yankees believe this level of play is sustainable for their current outfielders? If they do -- and there's a lot of season left before they have to make the call -- they might wonder how much improvement Crawford or Werth would bring with their huge pricetags.

-- David Andriesen

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