SAN DIEGO -- It was toward the end of the 2011 season when Padres third baseman Chase Headley vowed to become more of a run producer in 2012. The Padres, a team starving for offense, would like nothing more than to get a big season offensively from Headley, who is one of eight San Diego players on the National League All-Star ballot. Other Padres players include first baseman Yonder Alonso, second baseman Orlando Hudson, shortstop Jason Bartlett, catcher Nick Hundley and outfielders Cameron Maybin, Will Venable and Carlos Quentin.
Headley, who hit only four home runs last season, had two home runs in the first eight games this season. He hasn't sacrificed his discerning eye for the power, as he's ranked among the NL leaders in walks early in the season. Headley has never appeared in a Midsummer Classic. Of the eight Padres on the ballot, only Hudson, Bartlett and Quentin have been in an All-Star Game. Quentin, who is on the disabled list after having knee surgery in March, was 0-for-2 as a representative of the White Sox in the 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix. Quentin is expected to rejoin the Padres in early May. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT. Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9. The 2012 American League and NL All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game balloting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities. The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg. Fans can also vote at Petco Park beginning April 30. The in-stadium voting runs through June 20.