Last Thursday, the polls closed for voting for the 2007 Major League Baseball All Star Game at 11:59p.m. ET. In total, 18.5 million ballots were counted with 11.8 million of them being cast online. Three million of these ballots were filled in the final 48 hours of voting. Yesterday, the winners of the polls were announced.

The player with the most votes turned out to be the Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez who received 3,890,515 votes. In the National League, Ken Griffey Jr. received 2,986,818 votes and has been voted in for 13 All-Star games. He is just 15 homeruns away from becoming the sixth player in baseball to hit the 600 mark. Another big homerun hitter, Barry Bonds, filled in the final outfield position, beating out Alfonzo Soriano of the Chicago Cubs at the last minute by 122,878 votes. This year, the National League players are much younger than the American League winners. In terms of last year’s World Series teams, Albert Pujols is the only Cardinal to make the team while the Tigers have five. The Red Sox also have five players, and on the National League side, the Mets have four.

After the voting ended, the players and managers filled out the rest of the teams. However, each team will add one additional players as elected by the fans at MLB.com. This is the sixth year that a final voting will take place. Voting began after Sunday’s Major League All-Star Selection show and continues until 6 p.m. ET on Thursday. Fans can vote on MLB.com or text the word “VOTE” to 36197. The All Star Game, in its 78th year, will air on FOX Sports with pregame ceremonies starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will also be covering the game as well as MLB.com and XM satellite will cover the XM All-Star Futures Game. Below is a complete list of the winners of this year’s All-Star Game:

National League Starters
Catcher—Russell Martin, L.A. Dodgers
                                                                                                                             

First Base—Prince Fielder, Milwaukee
                                                                                                                        

Second Base—Chase Utley, Philadelphia
                                                                                                                              

Third Base—David Wright, New York Mets
Shortstop—Jose Reyes, New York Mets
Outfield—Carlos Beltran, New York Mets;

Barry Bonds, San Francisco;

Ken Griffey Jr., Cincinnati.
 

Reserves
Catcher—Brian McCann, Atlanta
Infielders—Miguel Cabrera, Florida;

J.J. Hardy, Milwaukee;

Orlando Hudson, Arizona;

Derrek Lee, Chicago Cubs;

Albert Pujols, St. Louis;

Freddy Sanchez, Pittsburgh;

Dmitri Young, Washington.
Outfielders—Matt Holliday, Colorado;

Carlos Lee, Houston;

Aaron Rowand, Philadelphia;

Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs.
 

Pitchers
Francisco Cordero, Milwaukee;

Brian Fuentes, Colorado;

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia;

Trevor Hoffman, San Diego;

Jake Peavy, San Diego;

Brad Penny, L.A. Dodgers;

Takashi Saito, L.A. Dodgers;

Ben Sheets, Milwaukee;

John Smoltz, Atlanta;

Jose Valverde, Arizona;

Billy Wagner, New York Mets.

American League Starters
 

Catcher—Ivan Rodriguez, DetroitFirst Base—David Ortiz, Boston

Second Base—Placido Polanco, Detroit

Third Base—Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Shortstop—Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Outfield—Vladimir Guerrero, L.A. Angels;

Magglio Ordonez, Detroit;

Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle.
Reserves

Catcher—Victor Martinez, Cleveland;

Jorge Posada, New York Yankees
Infielders—Carlos Guillen, Detroit;

Mike Lowell, Boston;

Justin Morneau, Minnesota;

Brian Roberts, Baltimore;

Michael Young, Texas.
Outfielders—Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay;

Torii Hunter, Minnesota;

Manny Ramirez, Boston;

Alex Rios, Toronto;

Grady Sizemore, Cleveland.
Pitchers
Josh Beckett, Boston;

Dan Haren, Oakland;

Bobby Jenks, Chicago White Sox;

John Lackey, L.A. Angels;

Gil Meche, Kansas City;

Jonathan Papelbon, Boston;

J.J. Putz, Seattle;

Francisco Rodriguez, L.A. Angels;

C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland;

Johan Santana, Minnesota;

Justin Verlander, Detroit.

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