Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Updated: July 9, 7:45 PM ET
Fans chose final two players online
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui and Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu earned the final spots on the All-Star teams in Internet fan voting completed Wednesday.
Matsui became the seventh member of the Yankees to make the 32-man AL squad. He has been an All-Star in both of his seasons
since leaving Japan.
Matsui is batting .282 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs.
"To be chosen as part of the All-Star game is one of the great
achievements you can have as a player," Matsui said through a
translator earlier in the day.
Abreu made the All-Star team for the first time. The right
fielder was batting .301 with 17 homers and 57 RBIs going into
Wednesday night's game against the Mets.
Matsui beat out Minnesota's Lew Ford, Cleveland's Travis Hafner, and Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko of the White Sox for the last spot.
Matsui joined New York teammates Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Tom Gordon on the AL team. Jeter, Giambi and Rodriguez were elected by fans to starting infield spots.
Abreu topped Arizona's Steve Finley, Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall, Florida's Juan Pierre and the Cubs' Aramis Ramirez for the final NL slot.
The Phillies right fielder joins teammate Jim Thome on the National League squad.
The All-Star game will be played Tuesday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Fans cast a total of 9.5 million votes for both leagues. Abreu recieved 2 million votes. Matsui got 1.2 million.