Some news and notes from June 26:
- Takashi Toritani (HAN) led all CL players with 293,825 votes. He is the first Hanshin player to lead the CL with votes since Kyuji Fujikawa in 2006. He is also just the second Hanshin shortstop to lead the CL with votes. The other: Yoshio Yoshida (1955-1957). Source: Sponichi 6/26/2012
- For the first time in his career, at forty-one years and eight months, Shinya Miyamoto (YAK) made the All-Star team as a fan pick. That breaks the previous record of forty-one years and four months, set by George Altman in 1974. Source: Sponichi 6/26/2012
- Eight Fighters were selected by fans to the All-Star roster. The last time that happened was back in 1978. It is also the second time Atsunori Inaba led all players in votes (498,353 in 2009 and 426,066 in 2012). Source: Asahi Shimbun 6/26/2012
- Alex Ramirez (YOK) placed an order with ZETT for a sweatband with the words "We are one" stitched into it. He plans to wear the band during the All-Star Series. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/26/2012
- The Chunichi Dragons and Rakuten Eagles finished with zero players selected by fans.
- Results from the Player Balloting will be released on June 28 (nineteen players will be selected, nine from the CL and ten from the PL). Manager Selections will be revealed on July 2. Plus One Balloting will take place between July 3 and 9; the results will be posted on July 11. A total thirty-two players will be selected for each team.
Tags: All-Star Game