Clark, Williams join leaders National League

June 15, 1993|By Ken Murray

First baseman Will Clark and third baseman Matt Williams rode the groundswell of the San Francisco Giants' electorate to take position leads this week in the National League balloting for the 64th All-Star Game to be played at Oriole Park July 13.

Clark, the NL's starting first baseman in four of the past five years, overtook last week's leader, John Kruk of the Philadelphia Phillies, despite a .249 average that only recently has been on the climb.

At third base, Williams, with 18 homers and 56 RBI, jumped from third to take a 43,000-vote lead. He climbed over the Atlanta Braves' Terry Pendleton, last week's leader who fell to third, and the San Diego Padres' Gary Sheffield.

Williams' lead was minute compared to that of teammate Barry Bonds, who remained the NL's leading vote-getter with 536,241.

Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals was the third new leader in this week's balloting. He overtook Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds for the lead at shortstop.

Major League Baseball also announced yesterday that Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson will serve as honorary captain for the NL.

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