Bobby Abreu

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Aybar gets chance to bat in two-hole - MLB.com
Maicer Izturis (13) and Howard Kendrick (12) have drawn most of the assignments between Chone Figgins and Bobby Abreu. Aybar's .321 on-base percentage is far from ideal for a No. 2 hitter, but it is higher than those of Izturis (.291) and Kendrick...
Play by play - USA Today
None on with two outs and Bobby Abreu due up. Single: Bobby Abreu singled to center. Runner on first with two outs and Torii Hunter due up. Triple: Torii Hunter tripled to left center scored Bobby Abreu with two out. Runner on third and Kendry Morales...
Angels not concerned about Bobby Abreu's power outage - Los Angeles Times
Julie Jacobson / AP Going into Wednesday's game, Bobby Abreu had a .301 average, .389 on-base percentage and 12 runs batted in but no homers in 113 at-bats. Abreu has no homers in 116 at-bats, but Manager Mike Scioscia says the home runs will come...
Ortiz is stranded on the bench - Boston Globe
He came on in relief of Hideki Okajima with one out and Bobby Abreu on third base in the eighth, and got out of the jam thanks to a 9-2 double play on which right fielder JD Drew caught a short fly on the run, then nailed Abreu at the plate....
Play by play - USA Today
Runner on second with one out and Bobby Abreu due up. Out: Bobby Abreu flied out to center. Runner on third with two outs and Torii Hunter due up. Error-wild-pitch: Vicente Padilla's wild pitch scored Chone Figgins with two outs....
Abreu's power shortage - Los Angeles Times
Bobby Abreu's power shortage, at least through the first 100-plus at-bats of the season, has become too obvious to dismiss. Not only has their new free-agent right fielder failed to hit a home run, he has barely managed any extra-base hits....
Hanging with the Angels: Bobby Abreu - OCRegister
Q. Do you have any theory about why Josh Beckett would want to throw at you, if in fact that's what he did on April 12?A. I have no idea. That surprised me, you know? When he threw that ball close to my face, that really surprised me....
Play by play - USA Today
Runner on first with one out and Bobby Abreu due up. Walk: Bobby Abreu walked. Runners on first and second with one out and Torii Hunter due up. Walk: Torii Hunter walked. Bases loaded with one out and Kendry Morales due up....
THREE STRIKES - SI.com
There are seven players aged 33 and older who switched teams last winter who have posted an OPS below .750: Orlando Cabrera, David Eckstein, Ramon Hernandez, Edgar Renteria, Jason Giambi, Mark DeRosa and Bobby Abreu. The ones with upside?...
JAMIE SAMUELSEN'S BLOG Ordoñez's numbers will improve as season ... - Detroit Free Press
Both he and Bobby Abreu of the Angels are still in search of their first home runs of the season. And in both instances, many are wondering aloud if the stiffer baseball drug testing might be a factor in their rapid power decline. I'll be honest,...

Bobby Abreu

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Bob Kelly "Bobby" Abreu (pronounced /əˈbreɪ.uː/) (born March 11, 1974 in Turmero, Aragua State, Venezuela), nicknamed "El Comedulce" and also "La Luche", is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Abreu is a two-time all-star, who has won a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. He has led his league in games (twice), doubles, and triples. Through 2008, he was tenth among active ballplayers in on-base percentage (.405), and seventh in stolen bases (318).

Abreu played with the Jacks of the Florida State League. He batted .283 and began to show gap power with 21 doubles and a league-record 17 triples. He also reached double figures in outfield assists for the third year in a row. After the campaign, Bobby had rotator cuff surgery done on his right shoulder, which had periodically given him problems.

Abreu started his Major League career with the Houston Astros. He played only 74 games over two seasons. Left unprotected in the 1997 MLB Expansion Draft when Houston decided to keep fellow Venezuelan outfielder Richard Hidalgo, Abreu was selected by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but hours later he was traded to the Phillies for shortstop Kevin Stocker.

Despite the fact that both the Astros and Devil Rays deemed him expendable, Abreu firmly established himself as one of the most promising young hitters and strong-armed right fielders in the game.

In 1998, his first season with the Phillies, Abreu led his team with a .312 batting average and collected 17 home runs, 74 RBI, and 19 stolen bases in 151 games, with 271 putouts and 17 assists in right field.

In 1999, he made a brief run at the batting title. His .335 career-high average that season ranked third in the National League and was the highest posted by a Phillies player since outfielder Tony González hit .339 in 1967. His .446 career-high OBP was also third in the league.

In 2000, he was fourth in the league in triples (10), sixth in doubles (42), seventh in walks (100), and ninth in OBP (.416). Bobby became the first Phillie outfielder since Greg Luzinski with back-to-back 20 homer seasons.

In 2001, Abreu led the NL in games played (162), and was third in walks (106), fourth in stolen bases (36) and doubles (48), and eighth in runs (118) and sacrifice flies (9). He also hit a career-high 31 home runs and had a career-high 110 RBI.

In 2002, he led the league in doubles (50), and was sixth in walks (104), seventh in stolen bases (31) and intentional walks (13), eighth in OBP (.413), ninth in hits (176), and tenth in runs (102).

In 2003, Abreu was fourth in the league in walks (109), seventh in sacrifice flies (7), eighth in OBP (.409), and ninth in stolen bases (22).

Finally, in 2004, he got his first All-Star berth, being voted in as the National League All-Star Final Vote winner in online voting on MLB.com.

Abreu finished the season with a .301 average, 30 home runs, and 105 RBI, and ranked among the National League top five in five offensive categories: runs (fourth, 118) -- the third time in 6 years that he scored 118 runs, doubles (fourth, 47), stolen bases (third, 40--a career high), walks (second, 127--a career high) and on base percentage (fifth, .428). In 2004, Abreu also led the Major Leagues in pitches-per-plate-appearance (4.32) and number of pitches seen (3,077), was eighth highest in the league in total bases (312), and posted the league's tenth-best OPS (.971).

In May, Abreu was honored as the Player of the Month in the National League, after he hit .396 and 11 home runs. He also led the NL for the month in slugging average (.792), on-base percentage (.535), and walks (30) and was tied for the league lead with 30 RBI. He became the first player in Major League history to hit nine home runs in a ten-game stretch.

He was voted a starter in the NL outfield for the All-Star Game, finishing second in fan voting, behind St. Louis Cardinals Jim Edmonds.

At Comerica Park – a field normally considered a "pitcher's park" – Abreu won the Home Run Derby as he set records with 24 home runs in a single round (since broken by Josh Hamilton in 2008), and 41 overall, topping Miguel Tejada's previous marks of 15 and 27, set a year earlier. Abreu's longest homer was measured at 517', the third longest in Derby history. Many people believe Abreu damaged his swing during the Derby, because his power numbers dipped considerably for the remainder of 2005, into 2006.

In 2005, (4.39), number of pitches seen (3,159), and games played (162), and was second in walks (117) and times on base (291), fourth in sacrifice flies (8), fifth in intentional walks (15), seventh in runs (104), stolen bases (31), and OBP (.405), ninth in strikeouts (104), and tenth in RBIs (102).

On July 30, 2006, Abreu was traded along with Cory Lidle to the New York Yankees for minor league shortstop C.J. Henry (a 2005 first-round draft pick), left-hander Matt Smith (a seven-year minor league veteran), catcher Jesus Sanchez, and right-hander Carlos Monasterios -- all low-level prospects in the Yankee organization. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin referred to the trade as "the Great Gillick Giveaway" and declared it "an unvarnished disaster." Surprisingly, the Phillies improved after the Abreu trade, and made a run for the National League wild card, only being eliminated on the second to last day of the season.

Abreu fit very well into the Yankees lineup. Abreu hit .330 with 7 home runs and 42 RBI as a Yankee in the 2006 season. Abreu and the Yankees ran away with the AL East division title by mid-September 2006, but were eliminated by the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 American League Division Series.

In 2006, Abreu led the major leagues in walks (124), pitches per plate appearance (4.45), and number of pitches seen (3,056), and was second in the major leagues in percent of plate appearances that were walks (18.5%), and led the NL in percentage of pitches taken (66.2), and in walks per plate appearance (.181), third in batting average on balls in play (.375), eighth in on base percentage (.424), 18th in stolen bases (30), and 19th in doubles (41).

After getting off to a slow start in (2007), Abreu finished the season strong putting up 101 RBI, 16 home runs and a .283 batting average. In 2007, Abreu was second in the AL in runs (123), third in pitches per plate appearance (7.38), ninth in games (158) and times on base (258), and tenth in walks (84) and plate appearances (699).

Abreu hit a walk-off double on July 9. On September 18 Abreu hit 2 home runs and had 6 RBI in a game versus the Chicago White Sox and Javier Vazquez. He finished the season with a .296 average, 20 home runs, and 100 RBI.

On February 12, 2009, Abreu signed to a $5 million, one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and is expected to play left field.

Abreu was involved in many events in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley communities. In 2001, he was the Honorary Chairman for the American Red Cross Blood Drive.

Abreu bought $10,000 worth of tickets to most Friday night games for children in his "Abreu's Amigos" organization during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In this program, the children got jerseys, coupons for concessions, and chances to meet Bobby Abreu on the field during batting practice.

Bobby was also the 2004 recipient of the Phillies Community Service award and the Phillies' representative for MLB's Roberto Clemente Award.

In 2008, Bobby made a contribution to the Police Athletic League of New York City through his Abreu's Finest charity wine to provide boys and girls with recreational, educational, cultural and social programs.

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List of Major League Baseball players with 400 doubles

Below is the list of 155 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 400 doubles milestone.

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Matt Smith (baseball)

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Matthew J. Smith (born June 15, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a left-handed relief pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization. He graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, where he played baseball. He was a 3-year letter winner and is the all-time leader in strikeouts (348) at OSU and was named to the Big 12 Second Team twice and First Team once. One of his favorite hobbies is golf.

He was drafted in the 44th round (1310th overall) in the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox.

He split the 2005 season with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, and the Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers. In 47 games, he pitched 82 1/3 innings, posting a 2.65 ERA and a (5-4) record. Smith made his major-league debut on April 14, 2006 against the Minnesota Twins and recorded one out before being removed from the game.

Smith and three other players were traded in 2006 by the Yankees to the Phillies in exchange for Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle. Smith pitched in 14 games for the Phillies in 2006.

In 2007, Smith pitched in nine games for the Phillies, compiling an 11.25 ERA before being optioned to the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx in late April. Smith went 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA and one save before being placed on the disabled list retroactively to June 13. Smith underwent Tommy John surgery on July 4, 2007. Smith was designated for assignment on January 4, 2008, but was later outrighted and invited to spring training on January 15. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs in January 2009.

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List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 runs

Below is the list of 300 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone.

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List of Major League Baseball players with 300 stolen bases

Rickey Henderson has stolen more bases than any player in Major League Baseball history. His record is 468 stolen bases more than the next player on the list.

Below is the list of 152 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 300 stolen bases milestone. Players in bold face are active as of the 2008 Major League Baseball season (including free agents), with the number in parentheses designating the number of bases they stole during that season.

The stats are updated through the 2008 season.

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Ryan Howard

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Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard is 6'4" and 260 lbs. He bats and throws left-handed.

Howard was the 2006 National League MVP. On June 27, 2007, Howard became the fastest player to reach 100 home runs in Major League Baseball history.

Selected in the 5th round of the 2001 draft, Howard quickly ascended the Phillies' minor league system, earning consecutive MVP awards in the Florida State and Eastern leagues (2003 and 2004), respectively. Howard also set the single season home run record for the Reading Phillies with 37 in 102 games. While doing this, he impressed scouts enough that general managers of several teams tried to lure the Phillies' Ed Wade into trading him, as Jim Thome was blocking his path to the majors.

On September 1, Howard made his first Major League plate appearance, striking out against Jaret Wright in a pinch-hit at-bat (for Vicente Padilla) in a 7–2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. On September 6, Howard logged his first Major League hit in a single at-bat in a 3–1 loss to the Braves; on September 8, he recorded his first multi-hit game with a double and a single in a 4–1 win over the Braves. On September 11, Howard hit his first Major League home run off Bartolome Fortunato, driving in his first RBI and scoring his first run in an 11–9 win over the New York Mets.

Ryan Howard had 42 plate appearances in 19 games with the Phillies in 2004. He posted a .282 batting average with two home runs and five RBI; he also hit five doubles, drew two walks, and was hit by a pitch. Between playing for the Double-A Reading Phillies, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the Philadelphia Phillies, Howard hit 48 home runs, which was tied for the highest total in organized baseball in 2004 along with Adrián Beltré of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On May 15, Howard recorded his first three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and a run-scored in a 4–3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. On August 23, he recorded his first four-hit game, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two singles, three RBI and three runs-scored in a 10–2 win over the San Francisco Giants. In early July, Howard became the Phillies' everyday first baseman when slugger Jim Thome was sidelined for the season with an elbow injury.

Howard, who led all major league rookies with 22 home runs, also posted a .288 average and 63 RBI in just 312 at-bats and 88 games. He hit eleven home runs and 27 RBI in September and October. Howard finished his rookie season with 17 doubles, two triples, 52 runs scored, and 100 strikeouts and 63 runs batted in as the Phillies battled the Houston Astros for the National League wild card until getting eliminated on the last day of the season. Howard was rewarded for his effort by being named NL Rookie of the Year, the fourth Phillie to win the award.

After the 2005 season, the Phillies faced a dilemma involving Thome and Howard. Both were very talented and proven power-hitters; Thome was the biggest free agent player the Phillies signed prior to the 2003 season, but Howard was the reigning Rookie of the Year and a promising young player. Before the 2006 season, Thome was traded, along with $22 million cash, to the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Aaron Rowand, and pitchers Gio Gonzalez, and Daniel Haigwood in order to make room for Howard.

On April 23, Howard became the first player to hit a home run into Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park. The blast traveled 496 feet and was hit off Sergio Mitre of the Florida Marlins. It was the first of two Howard would hit in the game, the first multi-home run game of his career. He also became the first player to hit a home run into the third deck of the park in right field when he connected off Mike Mussina on June 20, a 481-foot long-ball that was again his first of two home runs. To honor the home run, the Phillies painted a white H on the seat where the ball was caught. Howard collected seven RBI on the two home runs and a triple in the 9–7 loss, becoming the first Phillies batter to drive in seven runs since pitcher Robert Person on June 2, 2002.

Howard was named to his first All-Star game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh as a reserve first baseman, by the player ballot. He participated in the Century 21 Home Run Derby prior to the game, and won the contest with a total of 23 home runs, defeating the New York Mets' third baseman David Wright in the final round. Howard was the second consecutive Phillie to win the Derby, with Bobby Abreu hitting a record 41 home runs in 2005.

From August 25 to August 29, Howard hit home runs in four consecutive games; on the 29th, Howard hit his 48th home run of the season to tie Mike Schmidt for the Phillies single-season record. Two days later, on August 31, Howard hit a home run into the upper deck of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium to surpass Schmidt as the Philadelphia Phillies single-season home run record holder.

On October 2, Howard was named the NL Player of the Month for September. Howard, who also won the award in August, became the first player since Albert Pujols in May and June 2003, to win the award back-to-back.

On October 10, Howard was named The Sporting News 2006 Player of the Year. On October 25, Howard was awarded the 2006 National League Hank Aaron Award.

On November 8, Howard was named by his fellow Major Leaguers as the Player of the Year and the National League Outstanding Position Player in the 2006 Players Choice Awards balloting. He succeeded Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones, the 2005 winner of both awards. On the same day, following a 5-3 win over Nippon Professional Baseball that capped a five-game international sweep by the MLB in the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series, Howard was named the Series MVP; he hit .558 with eight runs, three doubles, four homers and eight RBI. On November 10, Howard was awarded the National League Silver Slugger Award at first-base.

On November 20, he won the National League MVP award, and became only the second player in baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in successive seasons, joining Cal Ripken Jr. (Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki are the only players to win both awards during the same season).

On March 2, 2007, the Phillies renewed Howard's contract in a one-year deal for $900,000, the highest salary ever offered to a player not eligible for salary arbitration.

On Wednesday, May 9, Howard hit his 4th career grand slam against Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Medders when he came into the game as a pinch hitter for Wes Helms. On May 13, Howard was placed on the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain after missing five straight games. Howard fielded grounders for about 45 minutes before the Phillies game with the Blue Jays on May 20. Howard returned to the lineup on May 25, after a rehabilitation assignment with the class A Lakewood team as a designated hitter. He hit a home run in his first at-bat there. On May 27, he hit two home runs in a win that helped the Phillies sweep the Braves.

On June 27, Howard hit a 505-foot home run, and became the fastest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 100 home runs. The accomplishment was achieved in only 325 games, 60 games less than the 385 games that Ralph Kiner needed to hit his first 100 home runs from 1946 to 1948.

Though Howard did not compete in the 2007 MLB All-Star Game, he was chosen to compete in the 2007 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby for the second straight year in order to defend his title. However Howard only hit 3 home runs in the first round and did not advance.

After coming back from the DL, Howard had a "power surge," as he quickly climbed to second on the home run leaders list in the National League. On July 25, Howard hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Phillies a victory over the Washington Nationals.

Howard had his first career stolen base on August 21, 2007 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On September 27, he established a new major league record by striking out for his 196th and 197th time, breaking the old record of 195 (he tied it on September 23), set by Adam Dunn in 2004. He ended the season with 199 strikeouts, striking out an NL-highest 37.6% of the time.

His final 2007 season totals were a .268 average, with 47 home runs and 136 runs batted in, helping the Phillies win the National League East title on the final day of the season to earn their first postseason berth since the 1993 World Series. The Phillies were swept by the Colorado Rockies (who had won a one-game playoff against the San Diego Padres for the NL Wild Card) in the 2007 National League Division Series; Howard homered off Jeremy Affeldt in Game Two, but also struck out seven times in his other 11 at-bats.

On February 21, 2008, Howard won an arbitration case against the Phillies, and was awarded $10 million, the most ever for a victorious player and tied for the most ever awarded. The Phillies had offered $7 million to Howard in salary.

Howard began the 2008 season in a slump, finishing the month of April with a batting average of just .172 and going 2-for-25 to close out the month. He fared better in May, averaging .238 with ten home runs and 30 RBI for the month, and finishing out May just north of the Mendoza Line with an overall batting average of .205. Howard hit his 15th home run of the season in a 7–3 loss to the Florida Marlins on May 30; Chase Utley having hit his 15th longball on May 25, the two became the first pair of Phillies to hit 15 home runs each before June .

On June 13, Howard hit two home runs and drove in five in a 20–2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. This included the second of a first-inning set of back-to-back-to-back Philadelphia home runs. It was the seventh time that the Phillies had hit three consecutive home runs, the first since May 18, 2004 , and the fourth occurrence by any team in the 2008 Major League Baseball season. On June 16, Howard again hit two home runs and drove in four in an 8–2 win over the Boston Red Sox for his 15th career multi-homer game; the four-day span between multi-homer games was the shortest of his career. In stark contrast, Howard went 0-for-4 the next night with four strike outs in a 3–0 loss for his tenth career golden sombrero. Ryan drove in his 100th run of the 2008 season on August 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking his third consecutive season with at least 100 RBI.

He finished the season with 146 RBI and a .251 batting average. Historically speaking, this was a total statistical aberration, and is by far the lowest batting average ever for any season in major league history in which a player topped 130 runs batted in. His contributions again helped lead the Phillies to the division title and the post-season. Against Milwaukee in the first round he batted a mere .182 average and only batted in one run. Things picked up as he delivered with a .300 batting average against the Dodgers in the next round although he only delivered 2 RBIs and still remained in his home run drought in the post-season. However as the Phillies advanced to the World Series he finally started delivering significantly with 6 RBIs, .286 batting average, and 3 home runs (which tied Donn Clendenon's 1969 World Series record for most home runs in a five-game Series) - two of which came in game 4 (which also drove in 5 RBIs) as the Phillies took a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Phillies eventually won the series in 5 games to bring the Phillies their first World Series championship since 1980, and Philadelphia their first major sports championship since 1983; he finished second in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, behind Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.

On February 8, 2009, the Phillies and Howard agreed on a 3-year, $54 million contract that bought out his remaining three years of salary arbitration eligibility.

Roll over stat abbreviations for definitions. Stats through September 28, 2008.

Howard has a fraternal twin brother named Corey, as well as an older brother and a sister. He claims to be the smallest of the Howard sons. His favorite baseball team growing up was the St. Louis Cardinals.He has a son. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1998, where he played trombone. While attending Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) he became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc and his line name was "Blue Hurt".

Howard is a representative for a number of products including Adidas and for the restaurant Subway. He is on the packaging of Topps 2007 Series 1 and 2008 Triple Threads baseball cards. He is also on the cover of MLB 08: The Show. He appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman along with teammate Jimmy Rollins on April 11, 2007.

This list contains the major league records set by Philadelphia Phillies first-baseman Ryan Howard.

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All-Star Final Vote

2002 American League All-Star Final Vote winner Johnny Damon was the first American League winner and the first of a record three Boston Red Sox All-Star Final Vote winners.

All-Star Final Vote is an annual internet and text message ballot by Major League Baseball fans to elect the 32nd and final player for each team to participate in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game after all other selections have been made and announced on national television. The first 31 players are selected by a combination of procedures. In the most recent ballot for the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game announced on July 6, 2008, National League players David Wright, Pat Burrell, Corey Hart, Carlos Lee, and Aaron Rowand and American League players Jason Giambi, Brian Roberts, Evan Longoria, Jermaine Dye, and Jose Guillen were on the ballot. Ultimately, Corey Hart and Evan Longoria were elected to represent their respective leagues. A record 47.8 million votes were cast, which was more than half of the entire number of votes cast in the previous six years of the competition. The figure was also double last year's record of 23.2 million votes that elected Chris Young and Hideki Okajima to the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The 47.8 million votes representing 21.9 million ballots exceeded the 16.5 million ballots cast for the starting lineup.

The All-Star Game managers selected the entire lineups from 1933 to 1946. In 1947, the fans were entrusted with selection of the starting lineups. This continued until 1957 when the Cincinnati Reds fans stuffed the ballot box and selected 7 Reds and Stan Musial. This forced Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick to step in and replace Wally Post and Gus Bell with Willie Mays and Hank Aaron and to turn over the starting lineup selection to players coaches and managers. The fans have elected the starting lineup of one player for each baseball position (except the pitcher) for both the National League and American League teams since 1970. In 2003, the major league players began electing a reserve for each position as well as 5 starters and 3 relievers, although the All-Star game managers once performed this duty. Now, the "Player ballot" includes coaches, managers and players across both leagues who participate in choosing 8 reserves and 8 pitchers for each all-star team. Now, the managers only select the starting pitcher from among those pitchers already elected by the players. The managers also select the remainder of the roster spots except for the final spot while ensuring that each team has at least one representative. The All-Star game manager, with guidance by the baseball commissioner’s office, then selects a list of 5 nominees for the fans to choose from for the remaining roster spot for each league’s team. On the Sunday evening 9 days before the scheduled All-Star game, the rosters are announced and the All-Star Final Vote nominees are made public on a nationally broadcast show. The voting commences after the announcement of the nominees toward the end of the show. The voting then continues for a prescribed number of days. Generally, a single daily update of the ballot standings is released during the voting. At the conclusion of the voting, the top vote getter for each league is announced. Over the course of the seven years of the voting over 100 million votes have been cast.

The first All-Star Final Vote was held during the 2002 season. The 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game had 30 player rosters so the fans were voting for the thirtieth player. The 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters expanded to 32. As a result, the fans elected the 32nd player. In 2003, the first corporate sponsor got involved in the ballot. Over the years, the sponsor has changed and the name of the fan voting procedure has changed both with the changing sponsors and the number of roster spots. So far every franchise except the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers have had at least one nominee. The Washington Nationals have not had a nominee since the franchise has moved from Montreal. The Boston Red Sox have had three winners and the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers have had two.

So far no second baseman, shortstop, or designated hitter has been elected. The Chicago White Sox have had 6 nominees. The Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres have had 4 each. Although several teams have had 3 nominees, only the Red Sox have had all 3 of its nominees elected.

Thus far, many All-Star Final Vote winners have played, but none have recorded an extra base hit or a run batted in. Chris Young became the first All-Star Final Vote winner to be involved in the decision as the losing pitcher of the 2007 All-Star Game. Johnny Damon was the first to record a hit or score a run.

All charts count seasons (including the current one) in which the player has appeared in a Major League game.

In 2002, the All-Star game rosters had 30 positions on each team so the fan voting was for the thirtieth roster spot. As a result, the official name of the contest was the "The All-Star 30th Man" program. The voting lasted only two days and was held exclusively online through each of the 30 teams' official websites and ESPN.com. The voting for the July 9, 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Final Vote started on June 30 and concluded on with the announcement of the results on July 2, 2002. Both winners, Johnny Damon and Andruw Jones played center field and recorded 3 official All-Star game at bats.

In 2003 the final vote had a named sponsor and the rosters expanded to 32 positions. The official contest name was the "etopps All-Star Final Vote". 2003 also saw its first ballot substitution. On Monday July 7, 2003, Kenny Lofton was added to the ballot to replace the Chicago Cubs' Corey Patterson who was injured on the day before. The voting for the July 15, 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Final Vote was extended to three days beginning Sunday, July 6, 2003 at 8 PM Eastern Time and ending on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 6 PM ET. Although the leading vote totals (Geoff Jenkins - 2,872,200, Jason Varitek - 3,210,509 of a total 10.8 million) were released in 2003 individual results were not released for all contestants. In fact, the American League did not even release the final ordinal vote ranking with the final results so only the last update ordinal vote ranking is shown below.

Neither Varitek nor Jenkins played, but both Giambi and Castillo batted as well as played in the field 2003 game as substitutes. Giambi replaced Mike Sweeney. Castillo was a last minute addition to the team.

In 2004, the contest was called the "Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote." The voting for the July 13, 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Final Vote again continued for three days, running from Sunday, July 4, 2004 and ending on Wednesday, July 7, 2004. The final results were announced with ordinal vote rankings (shown below) and approximate winning vote totals (Hideki Matsui - 1.2 million, Bobby Abreu - 2 million, of more than 9.5 million votes). Abreu appeared as a pinch hitter, while Matsui both pinch hit and played left field.

In 2005, the contest was again called the "Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote." The voting for the July 12, 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Final Vote again continued for three days, running from Sunday, July 3, 2005 and ending on Wednesday, July 6, 2005. This marked the first time pitchers were nominated and the entire National League ballot was composed of pitchers. The American League ballot was composed of four outfielders and a shortstop. 2005 marked the first year that cell phone text message voting was possible. Derek Jeter and Roy Oswalt took the voting lead after Day 1. By Day 2, Scott Podsednik overtook Jeter and went on to win. Again, ordinal vote rankings (shown below) and winning vote totals (Podsednik - 3,965,473, Oswalt - 2,652,549 of 15 million votes) were revealed.

Wagner was named to the 2005 team as a replacement for Pedro Martínez but did not play. Both Oswalt and Podsednik played, but Podsednik did not record an official at bat.

In 2006, the contest was called the "Monster All-Star Final Vote." The voting for the July 11, 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Final Vote again continued for three days, running from Sunday, July 2, 2006 and ending on Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Again, only the ordinal vote rankings (shown below) and the leading vote getter totals (Nomar Garciaparra - 4 million, A.J. Pierzynski - over 3.6 million of 18.6 million votes) were announced by Major League Baseball.

Liriano and Capuano were selected for the All-Star team as substitutes, but did not play. Liriano replaced José Contreras, and Capuano replaced Tom Glavine. Neither Garciaparra nor Pierzynzki played.

The 2007 "Monster All-Star Final Vote" included only pitchers (the National League only included starting pitchers). This is the 2nd time (2005) only pitchers were eligible for the final roster spot selection. The voting for the July 10, 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Final Vote was the first four day election, running from Sunday, July 1, 2007 and ending on Thursday, July 5, 2007. Voting leaders were announced daily. The ordinal vote rankings (shown below) and the leading vote getter totals (Young - over 4.5 million, Okajima - over 4.4 million of 23 million votes) were announced on the MLB.com results posting. Okajima (2-0, 0.88 ERA, & 4 saves in 38 relief appearances) and Young (8-3, 2.00 ERA, 99 K) are both first time all stars.

There was some controversy surrounding Roy Oswalt's nomination because he only had a 7-5 record at the time of nominations making him the only pitcher without 8 wins nominated. However, he is considered by many to be the victim of lack of run support, questionable relief pitching and an average defense. This respect was shown by the players who had voted him to sixth place among National League starting pitchers making him the first alternate in case of injury to any of the five elected All-star starting pitchers. On the final day of All-Star Final Vote voting, it was announced that Oswalt (who was running third in the All-Star Final Vote) would replace John Smoltz who withdrew from All-Star game participation due to injury.

Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, replaced injured Colorado reliever Brian Fuentes. Neither Webb nor Oswalt played. Okajima did not play, but Young pitched 1 inning allowing a walk and a 2 run inside-the-park home run. As a result he was the losing pitcher.

The 2008 "Monster All-Star Final Vote" includes no pitchers. The voting for the July 15, 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Final Vote began Sunday, July 6, 2008 and ended on Thursday, July 10, 2008. The ordinal vote rankings (shown below) and the leading vote getter totals (Longoria- 9 million, Hart- 8 million of 47.8 million votes) were announced on the MLB.com results posting. Longoria and Hart are both first time all stars.

Longoria drew a record nine million votes to win the nod over second place finisher Jermaine Dye. Jason Giambi finished in third after a highly publicized "Support the 'Stache" campaign. Brian Roberts finished in fourth, followed by Jose Guillen. Hart accumulated eight million votes, the second highest vote total in the competition's history. Hart joined teammates outfielder Ryan Braun and pitcher Ben Sheets. Finishing in a close second was New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who eventually made the team as a replacement for injured Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano.

Longoria was the first third baseman and second rookie to win the Final Vote. Hart's victory marked the third time that a club had a winning representative more than once. Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins was elected in 2003. The other two clubs are the Red Sox (Damon, Varitek and Okajima) and the White Sox (Podsednik and Pierzynski).

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Cory Lidle

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Cory Fulton Lidle (March 22, 1972 – October 11, 2006) was an American right-handed baseball pitcher who spent nine seasons in the major leagues with seven different teams. He has a twin brother, Kevin Lidle, who was a catcher for several minor league teams.

Lidle was killed when the small aircraft he owned crashed into a residential building in New York City.

Lidle was signed in 1990 by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent. After his release in 1993, he was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers. Lidle was then traded in 1996 to the New York Mets, and made his Major League debut for the Mets on May 8, 1997. Due to his participation as a replacement player during the 1994 Major League Baseball strike, he was not eligible to join the MLB Players Union. Lidle later appeared for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies. His best season was 2001 when he went 13-6 with a 3.59 ERA (10th in the American League) for Oakland, helping the Athletics win the wild card. His career zenith occurred in August 2002, when Lidle gave up one run during the whole month (setting Oakland's consecutive innings without an earned run record), won all five of his starts, and was one of the primary drivers in the A's historic run of 20 straight wins. It was on this Oakland team where he earned the nickname "Snacks", for his apparent love of consuming junk food in the bullpen.

In 2007, Lidle was inducted into the Binghamton Baseball Shrine. He played for the Double-A Binghamton Mets (New York Mets).

On July 30, 2006, Lidle was traded along with outfielder Bobby Abreu from the Philadelphia Phillies to the New York Yankees for minor league shortstop C. J. Henry, the Yankees' first round pick in the 2005 draft, along with left-handed reliever Matt Smith, minor league catcher Jesus Sanchez, and minor league right-hander Carlos Monasterios. In his first start for the Yankees, Lidle pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits, en route to an 8-1 Yankee victory, a sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays. On August 21, 2006, Lidle pitched six three-hit shutout innings, completing an improbable five-game sweep (in four days) over the then-second place Boston Red Sox (who went from 1½ games behind to 6½ games behind).

In his final game (Game 4 of the 2006 ALDS), Lidle pitched 1.1 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits. The New York Yankees lost the game to the Detroit Tigers 8-3.

After losing to the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 ALDS, he was criticized for telling a reporter, "We got matched up with a team that, I think, was a little more ready to play than we were," which was taken by some as a jab at manager Joe Torre. In his defense, he called up the radio talk show Mike and the Mad Dog and gave an extended defense of himself and the Yankees. The snippy exchange was punctuated by co-host Chris Russo's implication that Lidle was not entitled to "enjoy a day in New York" and co-host Mike Francesa commenting, "I haven't thought much about you at all, to be honest with you." Following reports of Lidle's death, both hosts of the popular New York radio show expressed remorse for their previous hostility to Lidle.

Lidle featured a 88-90 mph fastball with cut and sink. He also featured a low 70s curveball to keep hitters off balance, as well as a low 80s slider. Lidle was a finesse pitcher who had to rely on changing speeds and hitting location.

On October 11, 2006, a Cirrus SR20 plane (reportedly pending registration to Cory Lidle) crashed into the Belaire Apartments complex on York Ave. at E. 72nd Street on New York City's Upper East Side, killing Cory Lidle and co-pilot/flight instructor, Tyler Stanger.Lidle was 34 years old. All Cirrus Design SR-20 planes have dual controls; therefore, it is currently unknown whether Lidle or Stanger was piloting the aircraft at the time of the crash. In addition to the deaths of the two on board the plane, 21 people were injured as a result of the accident, about half of them New York City firefighters.

The plane took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and was seen twice circling the Statue of Liberty before it flew up the East River. It was reported to have lost radar contact around the 59th Street bridge and crashed just north of 72nd Street after attempting to make a U-turn. NTSB preliminary reports indicate that a 13-knot crosswind may have been a factor in the crash, requiring him to make a tighter than normal turn to safely avoid obstacles. On May 1, 2007, it was determined that a "pilot error" caused the plane crash that killed Lidle and his flight instructor Tyler Stanger. NTSB concurred that Lidle's rate of turn was too low when making the U-turn, causing his plane to hit the side of the NYC apartment building instead of merely flying near it.

It was concluded that it cannot be confirmed who was actually flying the plane at the time of the crash.

Lidle was the third Yankees player to die in a crash of a plane owned by the player. The preceding two were catcher Thurman Munson (died August 2, 1979) and pitcher Jim Hardin (died March 9, 1991). In an interview shortly before his death, he responded to concerns about player-pilots, like Munson, by insisting that his plane was safe, being equipped with a parachute for the entire plane. The SR20 includes the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System, which is designed to help save the crew in case of an in-flight loss of aircraft control, but offers only minimal protection against controlled flight into terrain. It is reported that the parachute was not deployed, nor would it have prevented this type of accident.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner described Lidle's death as a "terrible and shocking tragedy that has stunned the entire Yankees organization" and offered his condolences to Lidle's wife and 6-year-old son. On October 12, 2006, before the 2006 NLCS game in New York City between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals, the teams and spectators observed a moment of silence to honor the memory of Lidle.

The Yankees wore black armbands during the 2007 season in memory of Lidle. On April 2, 2007, Cory's widow Melanie, and his son Christopher both threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Melanie Lidle attended the 2007 graduation ceremony at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. The community college's aviation team flew across the graduation field during the ceremony to pay respect to both Lidle and Stanger.

Lidle is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Covina Hills, In Covina, California.

One of the baseball fields at West Covina's Cortez Park is named "Cory Lidle Field" in memoriam.

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