Beltran, Berkman headline Cards' ASG ballot

Beltran, Berkman headline Cards' ASG ballot

ST. LOUIS -- Six-time All-Stars Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman are among the eight Cardinals position players who are featured on the 2012 All-Star Game ballot.

That ballot launched online on Friday, meaning that it is now up to fans to select who will represent their club in this summer's All-Star Game, which will be played in Kansas City.

The defending World Champion Cardinals are expected to be healthily represented on the National League All-Star team, which will be managed by now-retired skipper Tony La Russa. Five of the Cardinals on the ballot are multi-time All-Stars. That includes, in addition to Beltran and Berkman, Matt Holliday (five times), Yadier Molina (three times) and Rafael Furcal (two times).

All but Furcal were invited to the All-Star Game in Phoenix last summer.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. 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 7 p.m. CT 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.

And the voting doesn't end there. 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 on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Perhaps ready to make a push for his first All-Star selection is third baseman David Freese, who pounced onto the national scene last October with an historic postseason showing. He got off to a quick start this season, too, driving in 10 and hitting three homers in the team's first six games.

Other Cardinals on the ballot include outfielder Jon Jay and second baseman Tyler Greene. Daniel Descalso, who has gotten the majority of starts at second, was left off.

In-stadium voting at Busch Stadium begins on April 29 and will continue through June 15.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.