Ripken runaway choice as AP All-Star shortstop Winning margin widest on team


October 17, 1991

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken was elected to the Associated Press All-Star first team for the fifth time yesterday, taking his position by the widest margin of any player.

Ripken, who beat last year's winner, Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds, 166-9, hit .323 with 34 homers and 114 RBI. He previously was selected to the AP team in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1989.

Left-handed pitcher Tom Glavine (20-11) of the Atlanta Braves had the second-largest margin, beating the California Angels' Jim Abbott, 149-11.

The team was selected in nationwide voting by sportswriters and broadcasters.

Five players who didn't get a single vote last year made the team, and four of last season's All-Stars didn't get any votes.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Cecil Fielder and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds were the only players to repeat from 1990.

The five who didn't get votes last year were Atlanta Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton, Tigers catcher Mickey Tettleton (who played with the Orioles in 1990), Chicago White Sox designated hitter Frank Thomas, St. Louis Cardinals reliever Lee Smith and Glavine.

Julio Franco of the Texas Rangers, who got just one vote last year, won at second base.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson and pitchers Bob Welch of the A's, Frank Viola of the New York Mets and Bobby Thigpen of the White Sox all failed to get a vote after making last year's team.

There were no players from the AL champion Twins or the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays.

* MARINERS: General manager Woody Woodward said the ability to communicate with players, management and media may be a bigger factor than experience and reputation when the club hires a replacement for manager Jim Lefebvre, who was fired after the season.

That could be good news for Don Baylor and Bob Boone, both former players without experience as managers. Woodward was scheduled to interview both yesterday.

Woodward has interviewed former Yankees third-base coach Buck Showalter, Mariners third-base coach Bill Plummer and Class AAA Las Vegas manager Jim Riggleman. He plans to talk to Mariners bench coach Ron Clark and Cardinals third-base coach Bucky Dent.

Other possible candidates are Pirates third-base coach Gene Lamont and Reds manager Lou Piniella.

* METS: General manager Al Harazin said Don Baylor has spoken with chief operating officer Frank Cashen about the possibility of becoming a coach on Jeff Torborg's staff.

Baylor is a candidate for the vacant managerial positions with the Mariners and Brewers.

Torborg has said he intends to add a batting/first-base coach. If he returns, Mike Cubbage would serve as third-base-infield coach.

AP All-Star voting

Nationwide voting by sportswriters and broadcasters for the 1991 Associated Press baseball all-star team, with name, team and votes received:

First base

Cecil Fielder, Detroit, 95 1/2 ; Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox, 48; Will Clark, San Francisco, 28; Rafael Palmeiro, Texas, 8 1/2 ; Hal Morris, Cincinnati, 6; Fred McGriff, San Diego, 2.

Second base

Julio Franco, Texas, 104; Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs, 57; Roberto Alomar, Toronto, 18; Willie Randolph, Milwaukee, 2; Jody Reed, Boston, 1; Steve Sax, New York Yankees, 1.

Third base

Terry Pendleton, Atlanta, 126; Howard Johnson, New York Mets, 36; Wade Boggs, Boston, 17; Steve Buechele, Texas-Pittsburgh, Paul Molitor, Milwaukee, 1; Chris Sabo, Cincinnati, 1; Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox, 1; Matt Williams, San Francisco, 1.


Cal Ripken, Baltimore, 166; Barry Larkin, Cincinnati, 9; Ozzie Smith, St. Louis, 5; Greg Gagne, Minnesota, 2; Jay Bell, Pittsburgh, 1; Howard Johnson, New York Mets, 1.


Mickey Tettleton, Detroit, 41; Brian Harper, Minnesota, 36; Craig Biggio, Houston, 26; Benito Santiago, San Diego, 25; Matt Nokes, New York Yankees, 14; Carlton Fisk, Chicago White Sox, 10; Mike Sciosia, Los Angeles, 8; Tom Pagnozzi, St. Louis, 4; Greg Olson, Atlanta, 4; Terry Steinbach, Oakland, 3; Sandy Alomar, Cleveland, 2; Mike LaValliere, Pittsburgh, 2; Ivan Rodriguez, Texas, 2; Joe Oliver, Cincinnati, 1; Tony Pena, Boston, 1; Don Slaught, Pittsburgh, 1.


Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh, 117; Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle, 80; Jose Canseco, Oakland, 79; Joe Carter, Toronto, 52; Bobby Bonilla, Pittsburgh, 40; Ron Gant, Atlanta, 31 1/2 ; Danny Tartabull, Kansas City, 30; Kirby Puckett, Minnesota, 27; Ruben Sierra, Texas, 26; Brett Butler, Los Angeles, 15; Tony Gwynn, San Diego; 11; Howard Johnson, New York Mets, 11; David Justice, Atlanta; 5; Devon White, Toronto, 3; Otis Nixon, Atlanta, 2; Darryl Strawberry, Los Angeles, 2; Chili Davis, Minnesota, 1; Felix Jose, Louis, 1; Paul O'Neill, Cincinnati, 1; Rafael Palmeiro, Texas, 1; John Kruk, Philadelphia, 1/2 .

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