Ichiro leads outfielders in All-Star vote

Ichiro leads outfielders in All-Star vote

SEATTLE -- The only Mariner voted to the American League All-Star team the past nine seasons continues to lead all vote-getters at his position.

Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki has a 63,623-vote lead over AL outfielders, according to updated figures released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 8:59 p.m. PT. Sprint subscribers can now vote on the go with select Sprint devices. They can learn more about how to vote on their smart phones at MLB.com/Sprint.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint.

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 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote sponsored by Sprint.

In addition, those attending Mariners home games can cast their votes in person until June 24.

The All-Star Game -- set for Tuesday, July 13, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim -- 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.

Ichiro, on pace to register his 10th consecutive 200-hit season, which would tie the all-time Major League record for a career, had 604,675 votes for a healthy lead over the Rangers' Nelson Cruz, at 541,052.

Ken Griffey Jr., who hasn't been getting that many at-bats of late, nonetheless remained third in the voting among designated hitters with 323,564 votes, trailing the Rangers' Vladimir Guerrero (725,752) and the Angels' Hideki Matsui (465,615).

Ichiro went into Tuesday night's game against the Twins ranked fifth in the AL with a .340 batting average. His 70 hits were three fewer than league leader Robinson Cano of the Yankees, the top vote-getter among second basemen.

One more All-Star invitation for Ichiro would tie Griffey for the most Midsummer Classics in franchise history.

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