Ripken heads up AP all-star team


NEW YORK -- Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, who next month is expected to challenge strongly for Most Valuable Player in the American League, was the front-runner yesterday when the Associated Press named its baseball all-star team.

Ripken won by the largest margin, beating last year's winner, Barry Larkin of Cincinnati, 166-9. Atlanta's Tom Glavine (20-11) had the second-largest margin of victory, beating California's Jim Abbott, 149-11, for top lefthanded pitcher.

Ripken, who hit .323 with 34 homers and 114 RBIs, was selected to the team for the fifth time. He also was selected in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1989.

Other repeat choices were: Boston's Roger Clemens (18-10), who also was chosen the top righthanded pitcher in 1986 and 1987; Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco, who won in 1988; and Detroit catcher Mickey Tettleton, who was voted to the team in 1989 when he was with the Orioles.

The AP team was selected in nationwide voting by sports writers and broadcasters.

The closest race was at catcher, where Tettleton beat Brian Harper of Minnesota, 41-36. There were no players on the team from the AL champion Twins or the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays.

Five players who didn't get a single vote last year made the team and four of last season's All-Stars didn't get any votes. First baseman Cecil Fielder of Detroit and outfielder Barry Bonds of Pittsburgh were the only players to repeat from 1990.

The five who didn't get votes last year were third baseman Terry Pendleton of Atlanta, Tettleton of Detroit, designated hitter Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox, Glavine of Atlanta, and reliever Lee Smith of St. Louis.

Outfielder Rickey Henderson (A's) and pitchers Bob Welch (A's), Frank Viola (Mets) and Bobby Thigpen (White Sox) all failed to get a vote after making last year's team.

Only two clubs had more than one player. Atlanta, the NL West champ, had Pendleton and Glavine. Detroit, which finished tied for second in the AL East at 84-78, had Cecil Fielder at first base and Tettleton.

Just two National Leaguers made it among the position players, Pendleton and Bonds.

After catcher, the second-closest voting was for designated hitter. Thomas got 49 votes, beating Paul Molitor of Milwaukee and Fielder by 10 each. But Thomas also got 48 votes at first base, and they didn't count toward the DH total.

Fielder, who tied Canseco for the major-league lead in homers with 44, beat Thomas 95 1/2 -48 at first base. Julio Franco of Texas beat the Cubs' Ryne Sandberg 104-57 at second base and Pendleton beat Howard Johnson of the Mets 126-36 at third.

In the outfield, Bonds got 117 votes, Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. 80 and Canseco 79. Toronto's Joe Carter was fourth with 52 and Pittsburgh's Bobby Bonilla, the biggest star among the players eligible for free agency, was fifth with 40.

Clemens, who led the AL in ERA (2.62), innings (271 1/3 ), strikeouts (241) and shutouts (four), beat the Twins' Scott Erickson 109-43 as the top righthander. Erickson and Detroit's Bill Gullickson were the only 20-game winners in the AL.

Smith, who led the majors with 47 saves, beat California's Bryan Harvey 127-26 as the top reliever.

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