The All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Firestone is back, and Major League Baseball is celebrating right through Independence Day with what promises to be a 98-hour ballot blast like never seen in a decade of rounding out rosters.
Managers Tony La Russa of the National League and Ron Washington of the American League, in conjunction with MLB, have presented five nominees so you can decide the 34th and final roster spots for the 83rd All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City. Balloting is under way until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, and winners will be announced soon after on MLB.com.
The NL ballot is a marquee mix that includes Braves center fielder Michael Bourn, Cardinals third baseman David Freese, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill and Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.
In the AL, you are going to give Washington a right-handed pitcher. The only question is which one. Choices include Royals closer Jonathan Broxton, Rangers starter Yu Darvish, Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, Orioles starter Jason Hammel and White Sox starter Jake Peavy.
In addition to the web, fans can use their mobile phones to cast votes via the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Message and data rates may apply. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.
The Final Vote is a continuation of a record-shattering 2012 fan balloting campaign. On Thursday, MLB.com finished the voting for the 17 starting position players via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot, with 391.2 million votes and 34.9 million ballots. Both figures were easily the largest totals recorded in the history of online balloting at MLB.com.
More than 50 million votes were cast in last year's Final Vote, as Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, a two-time winner with 9.2 million votes, and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (8.4 million) each won in rare wire-to-wire fashion.
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