Productive Guillen needs fans' help
Slugger tearing it up, but outside top All-Star vote-getters
KANSAS CITY -- Jose Guillen was among players eligible for the American League Final Vote for the 2008 All-Star Game. Guillen fell short despite support from Kansas City fans.
Guillen, the Royals' slugging right fielder, and his teammates on the official ballot will need more support from KC fans this season. None of them were among the top five vote-getters among catchers and infielders or in the top 15 outfielders announced on Tuesday.
After a sluggish April, Guillen hit .289 (28-for-97) in May, with 17 RBIs. His on-base percentage was .400, and he was leading Royals regulars in that category for the season. His 22 RBIs ranked just behind Mike Jacobs' 25 and Billy Butler's 23.
To help Royals in the voting for the July 14 Midsummer Classic in St. Louis, the club has launched a "Turn St. Lou Royal Blue" campaign at Kauffman Stadium for all home games through Sunday, June 21.
For every 25 ballots submitted at one of five Royals Blue All-Star Balloting Booths, fans will receive a set of Royals beads and a stamp on their Royals All-Star Game card obtained when entering the gate. The first 100 fans at each game to turn in 25 ballots at each of the five booths (125 total ballots) will receive a "Turn St. Lou Royal Blue" T-shirt.
In addition, all fans completing their game cards will be entered in a drawing for a Kauffman Stadium All-Star Suite for 20 guests for a game this season. Fans who turn in all 125 completed ballots by the beginning of the sixth inning at each game will be entered in a raffle for a game-used Royals item.
For more info, fans can visit royals.com/vote.
Meantime, the online voting continues apace. 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 10:59 p.m. CT.
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 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.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.