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CHICAGO (CBS) — White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was left off the All-Star roster on Sunday, but he’s still in the running for the final spot, as one of the five American League players up for the All-Star Game Final Vote.
Konerko, who is in the top five in the American League in batting average, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage, was one of five players selected for the ballot for the final roster spot on Sunday, joining Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon, Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones, Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez and Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist.
It’s the ninth time since 2002 that a White Sox player has been one of the finalists selected for the ballot for the final All-Star roster spot.
In 2005, Sox fans voted Scott Podsednik to the All-Star game through the Final Vote ballot and, the following year, they also voted in catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the Final Vote ballot. Konerko was on the Final Vote ballot last year and right fielder Jermaine Dye was on the ballot in 2008.
Konerko is hitting .317 this season with 21 home runs and 62 RBI. Teammate Carlos Quentin was selected as a reserve outfielder for this year’s All-Star Game in Phoenix.