Eight Cardinals listed on All-Star ballot

Eight Cardinals listed on All-Star ballot

ST. LOUIS -- Major League Baseball unveiled the 2012 All-Star Game ballot on Thursday, one day in advance of the launch of online voting at MLB.com. Of the eight Cardinals position players listed on the ballot, five are already multi-time All-Stars.

That includes six-time All-Stars Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman, as well as five-time participant Matt Holliday. Beltran has jumped out to the best start of those three. He entered Thursday's series finale leading the team in home runs (five), runs scored (12), stolen bases (three), walks (eight) and on-base percentage (.460).

Third baseman David Freese and catcher Yadier Molina are also expected to get strong consideration in the voting, which will take place both online and in each ballpark. In-stadium voting at Busch Stadium begins on April 29 and continues through June 15. Online voting closes at 10:59 p.m. CT on June 28.

Rounding out the Cardinals' ballot representatives are Rafael Furcal, Jon Jay and Tyler Greene. Daniel Descalso, who has earned most of the starts at second this year, is not listed.

The National League team will be managed by retired Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who has already agreed to return to the dugout for that game.