Dodgers fans can write in vote for Pierre

LA fans can write in vote for Pierre

LOS ANGELES -- While fans have been voting consistently for Orlando Hudson, who ranks second among National League second baseman in the latest All-Star totals, one Dodger deserving of support isn't even on the ballot.

Juan Pierre stepped in after the suspension of outfielder Manny Ramirez, and he's been as much a reason as any for the club's continued success this year. Pierre has started every game in left field since Ramirez was disciplined, flirting with a .400 average.

But when names were submitted for the All-Star ballot this spring, Pierre was considered the Dodgers' fourth outfielder and the ballot allows for only three.

The ballot does, however, allow for write-in votes, and Pierre fans can make their statement in that manner.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The 80th All-Star Game will be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 14 and televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

Meanwhile, Hudson held his position this week, trailing Philadelphia's Chase Utley at second base. Hudson has had a 17-game hitting streak this year, has already nearly matched his RBI total from last year while flashing defense worthy of a fourth Gold Glove.

Ramirez has received the most votes among Dodgers outfielders, but he slipped from fourth the first week to fifth last week and remains fifth this week with a slim 5,686 margin over Philadelphia's Shane Victorino. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier rank 13th and 14th, respectively, at the position.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.