Dodgers' Hudson seeks late voting push

Hudson seeking late All-Star push

LOS ANGELES -- Time is running out for fans to vote Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson onto the National League All-Star team.

Hudson remains the highest-ranked Dodger in All-Star Game voting as runner-up at his position to popular Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley for the starting berth, even though Hudson has been the most steady starting position player on the team with the best record in baseball.

Hudson is doing this while coming off serious wrist surgery, while Utley is on the rebound from hip surgery.

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.

Some fans remain committed to a write-in campaign for Juan Pierre, who stepped in after the suspension of outfielder Manny Ramirez and has 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 and has the highest batting average on the team.

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.

While Hudson held his position behind Utley for another week, Ramirez has received the most votes among Dodgers outfielders and is ranked sixth. 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.