Bonds leads NL All-Star balloting

June 08, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies were the early beneficiaries of balloting released yesterday for National League starters in the 64th All-Star Game, to be played at Camden Yards on July 13.

Bonds, who leads the National League in doubles, runs and slugging percentage and is in the top five in four other offensive categories, tops overall voting with 247,989, placing him more than 84,000 ahead of Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg.

The Braves, the two-time defending league champions, and the Phillies, who have the best record in baseball, each have two players leading at their positions.

Philadelphia's Darren Daulton, who going into last night led the league in RBI (50) and was tied for second with Bonds in home runs (14), is ahead of Florida's Benito Santiago at catcher by 66,000 votes. Daulton's teammate, John Kruk, the fourth-leading NL hitter, is ahead of San Francisco's Will Clark by 6,300 votes at first base.

Atlanta's Terry Pendleton has a 6,600-vote margin at third base over San Diego's Gary Sheffield, and David Justice is running about 29,000 votes ahead of Lenny Dykstra of Philadelphia for the third outfield slot.

Pittsburgh's Andy Van Slyke is positioned between Bonds and Justice in the outfield, and Sandberg leads Cincinnati's Bip Roberts by 112,000 votes.

The closest race so far is at shortstop, where Barry Larkin of Cincinnati has a 4,100-vote lead over perennial starter Ozzie Smith of St. Louis.

Four of this year's leaders -- Bonds, Van Slyke, Sandberg and Pendleton -- were starters in last year's game, won by the American League, 13-6, in San Diego.

The first American League tabulations will be announced today. Voting continues at major- and minor-league ballparks through July 4, and the starting teams for both leagues will be announced July 7.

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