NEW YORK (AP) _ Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez has dropped to sixth among NL
outfielders in latest fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers star is serving a 50-game penalty for violating baseball’s drug
policy. He is eligible to return July 3, and the All-Star game is 11 days later in St.
Philadelphia’s Raul Ibanez leads NL outfielders with 1,897,905 votes in results released
Monday. He is followed by Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (1,667,029), the Mets’ Carlos Beltran
(1,367,412) and the Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano (1,340,669). Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino
moved into fifth with 1,116,524 and Ramirez was sixth at 999,800.
Ramirez hit .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 27 games before he was suspended May 7.
From the Seattle Times’ Sideline Chatter …
Babe Ruth would have been so (burp) proud.
Fans of the minor-league Albuquerque (N.M.) Isotopes, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, broke their own hot-dog eating record Monday night by downing 37,669 — or 3.42 dogs for each of the 11,110 fans — at the team’s seventh annual 50-Cent Hot Dog Extravaganza, shattering the 2003 mark of 35,468.
Tuesday’s game, we assume, featured the equally popular Tums and Pepto Bismol Night.