Griffey still leads votes for AL stars Ripken far ahead at shortstop

June 17, 1993|By Ken Murray

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey stretched his lead over Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken as the American League's top vote-getter in this week's balloting for the 64th All-Star Game to be played at Oriole Park on July 13.

Griffey, who had a first-week lead of nearly 26,000 votes over Ripken, increased it to more than 69,000 votes. Ripken led the AL in votes last season, and Griffey led in 1991.

With 450,568 votes so far, Griffey is second overall to San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, who leads National League vote-getters with 536,241.

There were two lead changes this week, and both involved Texas Rangers. Texas' Ivan Rodriguez moved past the Minnesota Twins' Brian Harper as the catching leader by more than 14,000 votes. And the Rangers' Jose Canseco moved into the third outfield spot ahead of Minnesota's Dave Winfield, who dropped to fifth. Canseco has a 12,000-vote lead on fourth-place Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL's closest race for a starting position.

Other leaders included the Oakland A's Mark McGwire at first base, Toronto's Roberto Alomar at second, the New York Yankees' Wade Boggs at third, and Minnesota's Kirby Puckett in the second outfield spot.

McGwire's participation in the All-Star Game is problematic. He has been sidelined since May 13 with a left heel bruise and not likely to return soon.

Ripken still holds the biggest position lead in the AL with a 243,000-vote advantage over Travis Fryman of the Detroit Tigers. The only other Oriole listed in the balloting is outfielder Brady Anderson, who dropped from 13th to 16th.

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