Ripken is top All-Star vote-getter

July 09, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Every All-Star Game is exciting for Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, but he admits his ninth consecutive start on Tuesday night in San Diego will have extra special meaning.

For the first time, Ripken will enter the game as the top vote-getter in the major leagues. His total of 2,699,773 is the most since Gary Carter polled 2,785,407 in 1982 -- and 265,113 more than Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who received the most votes in the National League.

"You've got to feel very good about that," said Ripken. "The fans vote for the players they want to see, and to be the most popular has to make you pretty happy."

Ripken, who will become the first American League shortstop to start nine All-Star Games, is the first Oriole to lead the major-league voting. Twice previously, in 1985 and 1986, he was the top vote-getter in the AL. In addition, Ripken will be the only player to start for the AL the past nine years. That streak is also a club record, as Brooks Robinson started no more than five years in a row.

Overall, this will be the 10th All-Star Game for Ripken, who has been voted the starter eight times, and also started in 1988 when the top vote-getter, Detroit's Alan Trammell, was injured and couldn't play. St. Louis' Ozzie Smith, who will be making his 12th appearance, holds the major-league record for shortstops with 10 successive starts.

Ripken said his popularity with the voters could be attributed to two factors. "I'm sure a lot of it had to do with last year -- plus the fact that I performed well in the All-Star Game," he said.

"It's funny, but you can play all year and not get the attention you get for one [All-Star] game."

From a personal standpoint, Ripken said last year was "a storybook-type year," but said this season has been more enjoyable.

"It seems like the All-Star Game got here a lot sooner this year," he said. "I've had better first halves before, but this season has been a lotmore fun [than last year]."

There were no major surprises in the final vote count, with only one leader losing his spot in the final week -- and that might not matter. Toronto's Dave Winfield lost his slim lead for the third AL outfield spot to Jose Canseco, but the Oakland right fielder is on the disabled list and won't play in the game.

Manager Tom Kelly of Minnesota can choose a replacement for Canseco, which could provide an opening for Orioles left fielder Brady Anderson to be added to the roster. Anderson finished a respectable eighth in the balloting with 545,981 votes.

Winfield, who broke into the major leagues with the Padres, and teammate Joe Carter, who also played in San Diego, finished behind Canseco in the voting and almost certainly will be added to the AL team.

All-Star voting

The top vote-getters for the starting teams for the 63rd All-Star Game (in addition to Orioles who received votes), to be played Tuesday in San Diego:

AMERICAN LEAGUE Catchers

1, Sandy Alomar, Cleveland, 948,592. 2, Ivan Rodriguez, Texas, 3, Carlton Fisk, Chicago, 602,136. 4, Chris Hoiles, Orioles, 494,370.

First basemen 1, Mark McGwire, Oakland, 1,857,425. 2, Frank Thomas, Chicago, 661,903. 3, Cecil Fielder, Detroit, 541,787. 10, Glenn Davis, Orioles, 133,869.

Second basemen 1, Roberto Alomar, Toronto, 1,868,247. 2, Chuck Knoblauch, Minnesota, 752,822. 3, Steve Sax, Chicago, 521,597. 5, Bill Ripken, Orioles, 425,418.

Shortstops

1, Cal Ripken, Orioles, 2,699,773. 2, Manny Lee, Toronto, 3, Dickie Thon, Texas, 342,621.

Third basemen 1, Wade Boggs, Boston, 1,251,144. 2, Robin Ventura, Chicago, 3, Carney Lansford, Oakland, 524,904. 8, Leo Gomez, Orioles, 227,321.

,3Outfielders

1, Kirby Puckett, Minnesota, 2,096,433. 2, Ken Griffey, Seattle, 3, Jose Canseco, Oakland, 1,011,585. 4, Dave Winfield, Toronto, 926,113. 5, Joe Carter, Toronto, 885,242. 6, Rickey Henderson, Oakland, 809,470. 8, Brady Anderson, Orioles, 545,981. 16, Mike Devereaux, Orioles, 267,136. 26, Joe Orsulak, Orioles, 148,989.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE Catchers

1, Benito Santiago, San Diego, 1,323,419. 2, Darren Daulton, Philadelphia, 862,957. 3, Gary Carter, Montreal, 708,620.

First basemen 1, Fred McGriff, San Diego, 1,262,985. 2, Will Clark, San Francisco, 1,246,822. 3, John Kruk, Philadelphia, 815,274.

Second basemen 1, Ryne Sandberg, Chicago, 2,434,660. 2, Delino DeShields, Montreal, 479,655. 3, Craig Biggio, Houston, 363,841.

Shortstops

1, Ozzie Smith, St. Louis, 1,275,282. 2, Tony Fernandez, San Diego, 1,140,280. 3, Barry Larkin, Cincinnati, 995,475.

Third basemen 1, Terry Pendleton, Atlanta, 1,222,688. 2, Gary Sheffield, San Diego, 1,155,630. 3, Chris Sabo, Cincinnati, 714,603.

Outfielders

1, Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh, 1,961,278. 2, Tony Gwynn, San Diego, 1,475,450. 3, Andy Van Slyke, Pittsburgh, 1,009,843. 4, Bobby Bonilla, New York, 935,755. 5, Darryl Strawberry, Los Angeles, 886,775. 6, David Justice, Atlanta, 799,989.

All-Star starters

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American League

Sandy Alomar, Cleveland.. .. ..... ...................C

Mark McGwire, Oakland. ... . . . . ........... . ... 1B

Roberto Alomar, Toronto. . . . ..................... 2B

Wade Boggs, Boston.. ........ . .................... 3B

Cal Ripken, Baltimore. .. ........ . . . . ......... SS

Kirby Puckett,Minnesota.... ........................ OF

Ken Griffey, Seattle.. ............................. OF

Jose Canseco,Oakland... ............................ OF

. ..................National League

Benito Santiago,San Diego............................ C

Fred McGriff, San Diego. ........................... 1B

Ryne Sandberg, Chicago.. ........................... 2B

Terry Pendleton, Atlanta. ......... ................ 3B

Ozzie Smith, St. Louis. . .......................... SS

Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh. ........................... OF

Tony Gwynn, San Diego. ............................. OF

Andy Van Slyke, Pittsburgh.......................... OF

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