Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted May 27, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated May 27, 2008 at 03:45 PM
Despite the Rays’ success as a group this year, they haven’t had one player put together remarkable all-around numbers the way, say, Josh Hamilton has done for the Rangers. Between that and the fact that they’re still trying to establish a foothold, identity-wise, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to see the Rays lacking serious contenders in the first release of All-Star voting numbers.
Only three Rays are listed among the leaders at their positions in the initial figures put out this afternoon by MLB:
* Carlos Pena ranks fifth among AL first basemen with 117,065 votes, well behind leader Kevin Youkilis (419,813).
* Carl Crawford is 13th among AL outfielders at 149,732 and B.J. Upton is 15th with 102,623. Manny Ramirez leads all outfielders with 539,122 votes.
The next vote update for the AL will be released Monday.