Ibanez Sits Sixth in All-Star Voting
But shouldn’t he be starting?
He leads NL outfielders in the following categories: runs (38), home runs (17), RBIs (43), slugging percentage (.726) and extra-base hits (29). He ranks second in hits (58). He ranks third in average (.345) and go-ahead RBIs (9). He ranks fifth in game-winning RBIs (5). He ranks sixth in doubles (11) and on-base percentage (.408).
But Ibanez finds himself sixth in voting for NL outfielders with 399,969 votes.He trails Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (663,164), Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano (545,354), New York’s Carlos Beltran (476,843), Los Angeles’ Manny Ramirez (442,763) and Milwaukee’s Mike Cameron (432,034).
Braun and Beltran are having fine seasons, but Soriano and Cameron? Soriano is hitting .253 with 12 homers and 25 RBIs. Cameron is hitting .285 with nine homers and 22 RBIs.