NEW YORK -- One season after he led all of Major League Baseball in All-Star Game balloting votes, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez has returned to the Bronx, primed in his hopes to represent the Yankees as they send off Yankee Stadium in style.
The defending American League Most Valuable Player, Rodriguez called it "humbling" when he secured the 11th All-Star selection of his career last year in San Francisco, starting at third base for the Junior Circuit after receiving 3,890,515 votes. He was one of three Yankees sent out West for the game, joined by shortstop Derek Jeter and catcher Jorge Posada.
That trio is back on the ballot this year as fans across the country will have a chance to consider voting for -- or perhaps against -- the Yankees' top players. No matter who winds up being selected, you can be confident that the true stars of 2008 -- New York City and The House That Ruth Built -- will be on center stage.
The 79th Midsummer Classic, to be played on July 15, will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, '60 and '77; the Polo Grounds held the game in 1934 and '42; Ebbets Field was the site in 1949; and Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 Midsummer Classic.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Wednesday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. In-stadium balloting will begin with a special on-field ceremony prior to the Tigers-Yankees game in New York on Tuesday and continue at Yankee Stadium through June 8.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on Sunday, July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote at MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.
Along with Rodriguez, Jeter (eight All-Star selections) and the injured Posada (five All-Star selections) on the AL ballot, fans will have the option of voting for most of the Yankees' top regulars, many of whom have had the opportunity to experience an All-Star Game during their careers.
First baseman Jason Giambi is a five-time All-Star, though he hasn't been at the game since 2004, and both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon are two-time All-Stars. Bobby Abreu made two All-Star Games for the National League in 2004 and '05 when he was playing for the Phillies, though he is looking for his first AL selection.
Meanwhile, Robinson Cano (one All-Star selection, 2006) and Melky Cabrera (no All-Star selections) are looking to expand their list of career experiences as the two close friends continue their respective rises.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.