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 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.


Speaking of names, who is Eric Riggs? He’s been standing out in the 51’s box score lately, playing 3B and on fire hitting well over .400, all be it in roughly 14 games.

Eric Riggs was drafted in the fourth round by the Dodgers in 1998. He will be 30 in August. Spent 2005 in the Houston system and made it back to the Dodger system. Has a few AB’s with the Dodgers in 2004 at spring training. Seems to be a career minor leaguer who loves to play the game and fills an important role on the AA or AAA teams.

Xavier Nady…Jeff Francouer?

C’mon everyone, we need to start voting on the All-Star Ballot

J.D. Drew isnt even on the list of top votes. Nady?!?!?!? c’mon…these new yorkers are voting for trash. Lets get our boys on there!!

We defintely need to get Nomar in at 1b.

I’ve been a true Dodgers fan since 1962 but I will not now, nor ever, vote for any player, Dodger or not, who is not deserving of a vote. I will also wait to vote my 25 ballots until we get closer to the deadline. While I realize other teams fans vote for their own hometown players, I refuse to vote for a Dodger player who does not deserve it. That said, I’m rooting for all our guys so that I may give them great consideration come balloting time (at least for me).

For one, it doesn’t seem like the All Star Ballots are ever that easy to find at the Stadium. I went on Monday against the Rockies last week and sat on the Reserved level (with my free rain delay ticket). I asked the usher in my section about the ballots, he told me he didn’t have any and they were on the concourse near the concessions. I worked my way down the line, and I found one ballot box, tucked kinda behind a Think Blue Reward sign up kiosk, about 30 aisles down from where I was sitting.

Having gone to games in other parks from time to time, it seems like there is a bigger presence, whether it is more ballot boxes or ushers armed with their ballots (which I do remember at Dodger Stadium in the past). I would think ushers approaching people before the game (since they always seem to be helping people find their seats this year) to see if they have filled out their All Star Ballots seems like a good idea. However, I don’t know if there are “rules” about campaigning, and what they are, so that may not be allowed.

I was at Shea for Saturday’s doubleheader, and there were two kids in the seats right in front of me with a big stack of ballots and punching “David Wright” as many times as humanly possible. For what it’s worth.


Howabout handing out ballots to everyone who walks into the stadium. Or have a promo where a completed ballot is a coupon at a fastfood restaurant.

If either of these suggestions are used, I demand compensation! =)

I vote at the stadium, but it is so much faster and easier to vote online since the page reloads with your selection. I asked my family if I could use their email addresses, too…I did that last year. Nomar deserves all our support. With Pujols out for awhile, I think we have a shot!

Pujols will be tough to beat out at first, even while injured. Jeff Kent, though, will likely not have the same luck.

Nomar definitely deserves to be an all-star at first, so crank out the votes.

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