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Ichiro headlines Mariners on All-Star ballot

Ichiro headlines Mariners on All-Star ballot

Ichiro headlines Mariners on All-Star ballot
SEATTLE -- After missing out on the All-Star Game for the first time in his Major League career last season, Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is back on the American League ballot that will be available for fans to vote online starting Friday.

Ichiro, a 10-time All-Star, is one of nine Mariners position players on the AL ballot, and the only one who has ever been elected to the Midsummer Classic, which this year will be in Kansas City on July 10.

Mariners rookie Jesus Montero is on the ballot for the first time at designated hitter, and fans can also support up-and-coming young Seattle standouts Dustin Ackley at second base, Kyle Seager at third base and Justin Smoak at first base.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

The Mariners were represented at last year's All-Star Game by three pitchers -- Felix Hernandez, Brandon League and Michael Pineda.

Fans don't get a vote on pitchers, but they can support all their favorite position players. In addition to Ichiro, Smoak, Ackley, Seager and Montero, Mariners players on the AL ballot are catcher Miguel Olivo, shortstop Brendan Ryan and outfielders Mike Carp and Franklin Gutierrez.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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