6/18 Vote for Byrd

In-stadium All-Star balloting ended this week at Wrigley Field but fans can still vote for their favorite Cubs players online. Maybe a surge will get Marlon Byrd onto the National League team. Byrd ranks third among all NL hitters with a .328 average, is third in hits (80), and second in multi-hit games (27). He’s also been stellar in center field, making diving catches on a regular basis.

“He gets a good jump on the ball, he’s got good hands,” Lou Piniella said of the center fielder. “He positions himself well. He has a very respectable throwing arm. With the bat, he’s been leading our team in hitting the whole year. … He gives us energy. He’s a good solid Major League player.”

So far, Alfonso Soriano is the only Cubs player listed in the latest All-Star balloting, ranked 11th among outfielders. Piniella would like to see Byrd make the team.

“It would be wonderful,” Piniella said. “He would be the young man from our team who obviously deserves a big shot at that. We’ve got the closer [Carlos] Marmol and how about [Carlos] Silva? We’ll see what happens with it. we have a few people who deserve to be at the All-Star Game.”

You can vote 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 8:59 p.m. PT. 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. The All-Star Game will be played July 13 in Anaheim.

– Carrie Muskat

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