Whether it was the Go to the Polls for Placido! voting campaign or a rush of Detroit Tigers fans stuffing the ballot boxes, or both, Placido Polanco now has a very comfortable lead as the top vote getter for second basemen in the American League.
And in two of the tightest All-Star races, Yankees are trying to run down Tigers. Second baseman Robinson Cano, the early leader, trails Placido Polanco by 138,258. And behind the plate, Ivan Rodriguez remains 155,652 ahead of Jorge Posada.
Considering he was 8,000 votes behind when we started, an almost 150,000 vote swing is pretty good. And well deserved. So, now, with just over a week left in the balloting, the job of Detroit Tigers fans is not over.
Magglio Ordonez is having an unbelievable, MVP first half of the season. He is hitting .377 (!), has 13 home runs and has driven in 66. He's hit .520 in the past week (driving in 10) and in the past month, only .430 with four home runs, 28 RBI, and 24 runs scored. Yet, somehow, he ranks 4th in the All-Star balloting, some 78,000 votes behind 3rd place Ichiro.
So, in the last 8 days of balloting, Tigers fans need to go online and VOTE! You can vote online up to 25 times and as we saw with Polanco, every vote counts. Magglio is only 78,000 votes behind, and with balloting at Comerica Park over, the internet is the only way for Tigers fans to make their voice heard. Let's get a third Tiger starting in the All Star game, and I think even non-Tigers fans can agree, the MVP of the first half should be starting in San Francisco.