Names to know…
A couple names you should know, if you don’t already, are Delwyn Young, an infielder/outfielder for Triple-A Las Vegas who went 3-for-5 last night to raise his average to .301 on the season. He also logged his 18th double of the year.
Also in that game, Chad Billingsley, one of our top pitching prospects, pitched six innings and allowed three hits and one run to earn his fifth win for the 51s. He lowered his ERA to 3.97, which is very good in the Pacific Coast League, but he also walked six batters.
Another name you already know is Nomar Garciaparra, who should be creeping up the leaderboard for voting in the online All-Star balloting at first base. After coming in at fifth in the early returns last week, we’re hoping he’ll move up with the injury to Albert Pujols. He has a very good shot to get up to second place and start the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.
Updated at 2:52 pm PT with today’s NL leaderboard at first base:
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals 1,041,466
2. Carlos Delgado, Mets 304,287
3. Lance Berkman, Astros 228,465
4. Nomar Garciaparra, Dodgers 203,239
5. Ryan Howard, Phillies 187,202
Some of you remember the big push for Cesar Izturis last year, who was very deserving of the nod at shortstop. Dodger fans did an incredible job of taking him from sixth place to first in a very short amount of time and now we have an equally deserving player who just isn’t getting his due. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that he was injured early on, but he’s come back and been one of the top offensive players in the Majors since returning.
We’re the second-largest city in the country, with fans all around the world and yet somehow, it seems that other teams do a better job of voting for their home team’s players. We can change that. Fans can vote up to 25 times at MLB.com and it’s up to you guys, the die-hards, to help get that word out.
Maybe you all have a different theory on why we’re always trailing in the voting, but I’m hoping that it won’t be the case forever.