NEW YORK -- Orioles second baseman Ty Wigginton is hitting like an All-Star. But he needs fans' help to be voted to the Midsummer Classic in Anaheim.
Wigginton has never made the All-Star team in his nine seasons in the big leagues, and he has already surpassed his 2009 home run total by hitting a team-leading 13 long balls. Playing in lieu of injured second baseman Brian Roberts, Wigginton entered Tuesday with 32 RBIs, ranking fourth in the American League in homers and 10th in slugging percentage (.565).
Wigginton remembers growing up and watching the All-Star Game every year.
"There are a lot of great players who get to go and get the opportunity," Wigginton said. "It'd be a honor."
The 32-year-old Wigginton is batting .288 with an on-base percentage of .369 in 48 games.
"You've got to constantly make adjustments," said Wigginton. "I guess what makes it easy is I don't look at it from a numbers perspective at all -- I try to look at as my approach at the plate each and every at-bat."
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Sprint subscribers can now vote on the go with select Sprint devices. They can learn more about how to vote on their smart phones at MLB.com/Sprint.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint. The 2010 All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 13, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
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 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
The All-Star Game will be 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.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.