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Baseball Wed Jul 02 2008

Last Chance for Cubs, Sox All-Stars

If you're a fan of Chicago baseball, you might take special pride in seeing your Boys of Summer represented in the Midseason Classic, set for July 15 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. If so, get cracking: All-Star voting ends tonight at midnight.

As it stands, one Chicago team should be well represented in the game while the other will be woefully absent, despite having both teams in first place in their divisions. As of Wednesday, the Cubs have a strong possibility of having three starters in the game. Geovany Soto leads all catchers in voting, while Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome (yes, Fukudome, he of the .292 batting average and six HRs) are Nos. 1 and 3 in balloting for the starting outfield. Derek Lee is third among first basemen, Mark DeRosa is second among second basemen in votes and Ryan Theriot is third among shortstops.

The White Sox, meanwhile, are another story. None of their starters are the leading votegetters at their position and only third baseman Joe Crede and designated Jim Thome stand a chance of making the roster with both players third in balloting at their position. First baseman Paul Konerko and catcher A.J. Pierzinsky are fifth in their categories.

All of which leads to what could be two of the biggest slights of this year's All-Star game, the absence of Jermaine Dye and Carlos Quentin, neither of whom are even in the top 15 in balloting. Quentin leads the AL in home runs and is third in RBI, while Dye is fourth in homers and eighth in RBI.

The White Sox, it should be noted, suffer from a few balloting miscues. Juan Uribe is listed at second base on the ballot instead of the steadily improving Alexi Ramirez and Jerry Owens is listed among outfielders instead of Quentin. You can still write in either player, though.

Both teams are expected to add a few pitchers to the roster, but that will be decided by the respective NL (Colorado's Clint Hurdle) and AL (Boston's Terry Francona) managers.

So White Sox fans who don't want to feel slighted have a few hours to make sure two of the hottest hitters in baseball make it to New York City before the midnight deadline. You can vote here and, in a move that might be familiar to Chicagoans, vote often, up to 25 times.

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