Pujols remains fifth in All-Star 1B voting

Pujols remains fifth in All-Star 1B voting

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols continues to trend toward the mean in the batter's box, but his voting totals still haven't.

Despite posting a 1.063 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) over his last 22 games, Pujols remained in fifth place among American League first basemen in fan voting for the upcoming All-Star Game -- the same spot he was in when totals were released two other times.

Leading at first base and on pace to start remains the Tigers' Prince Fielder (1,946,045 votes), followed by Paul Konerko of the White Sox (1,680,793), the Yankees' Mark Teixeira (1,405,187), the Rangers' Mitch Moreland (1,202,724) and Pujols (1,047,722).

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll, where they'll have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

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Through Sunday, Pujols -- batting .256 with 10 homers and 38 RBIs heading into Monday's series opener against the Giants -- was still the only Angels position player among the leading vote-getters.

Mike Trout (.326 batting average with 19 steals) and Mark Trumbo (.321 with 16 homers) are deserving of consideration, but Trout wasn't on the original ballot and Trumbo is listed as a third baseman -- a position he hasn't played since May 3.

Their best bet is to get selected by the players or AL manager Ron Washington, skipper of a Rangers team that has four players on track to start the Midsummer Classic (catcher Mike Napoli, second baseman Ian Kinsler, third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Josh Hamilton).

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.