Abreu is no stranger to this process, having beaten out Steve Finley, Jason Kendall, Juan Pierre and Aramis Ramirez to earn his way there in 2004. This year, he'll be up against Milwaukee's Chris Capuano, Los Angeles' Nomar Garciaparra, New York's Billy Wagner and San Diego's Chris Young.
Abreu and Garciaparra, who's batting .361, are the only hitters.
Few have forgotten Abreu's historic performance last year in Detroit, when the slugger belted a Derby record 41 homers to win the title, representing Venezuela. The competition might also be interesting if it includes Phillies' teammate Ryan Howard, who earlier was named to his first All-Star squad, though that's an unlikely scenario.
Abreu leads the league in on-base percentage (.441), though his eight homers suggest a power outage this season. Despite that, Abreu still in on pace to drive in about 115 runs. It's going to be tough to beat out Garciaparra, the favorite.
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The Phillies had Brett Myers and Billy Wagner on the Final Vote Ballot last season, and both lost to Roy Oswalt. It was Abreu's route in 2004, and the Phillies didn't have any in 2003 or 2002.
Even if elected, Abreu said he put his home run swing away.
"I already did that," he said. "Somebody else can put on that show."
Does he have any tips for Howard?
"No," Abreu said. "He knows how to do it."