Williams' big figures aren't votes Third baseman has slight lead

June 22, 1993|By Ken Murray

Matt Williams of the San Francisco Giants leads the National League in homers (21) and RBI (63), but he could use some of teammate Barry Bonds' fan support to nail down the starting third base assignment in the 64th All-Star Game.

After three weeks of balloting, Williams leads Gary Sheffield of the San Diego Padres by 1,065 votes, the closest position race in the NL. Even Terry Pendleton of the Atlanta Braves is in striking distance, 16,000 votes behind in third place.

The smallest margin of victory in All-Star balloting was Manny Trillo's 1,625-vote decision at second base over Steve Sax in 1982.

Aside from Williams' hitting success, he's committed only four errors this season, compared to 15 for Sheffield and nine for Pendleton.

Bonds, hitting .366 going into last night, continues to lead all players in the balloting with 808,591. His lead of 457,000 votes over Andy Van Slyke of the Pittsburgh Pirates is the biggest in the NL.

There was only one position change in the National League this week. John Kruk of the Philadelphia Phillies regained his lead at first base, moving ahead of second-week leader Will Clark of the Giants. Kruk, hitting .362, has a 58,000-vote lead.

Andres Galarraga of the Colorado Rockies, hitting .430, moved from fifth to fourth at first base.

At second base, Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs holds a commanding lead of 219,000 votes over Delino DeShields of the Montreal Expos. At shortstop, Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals has a 34,000-vote lead over Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds.

Joining Bonds and Van Slyke as position leaders in the outfield is Atlanta's David Justice, 40,000 ahead of the Phillies' Lenny Dykstra.

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