It’s the time of the year again where representatives for each leagues All-Star teams are announced. And without much surprise there are a few players who have been left off each respective team. A debate could be had about the voting process being flawed and undeserving players getting into the game, however that’s for a different day. The process is what it is and nothing can be said now that will change the outcomes announced today, so here we are.
Of the players from each league that didn’t get selected there are five from each league that get left on a ballot for 93 hour voting process by MLB, of which only one will be selected by fans. For those of you that are looking to vote, not for your favourite player, but a player who was left off the original team and is more than deserving, I have compiled a list of stats for each. Each players stats are from the 2014 season only as it seems appropriate to consider current performance and not past history.
In order to vote please use the following rule as stated by Major League Baseball:
In addition to the web, fans can use their mobile phones to cast votes via the mobile web atMLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian 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. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text “STOP” to end and “HELP” for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.
For the third consecutive year, the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote will include social balloting participation, as Twitter support from the 10 candidates’ fans over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their final vote totals. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag (noted above) will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners. Fans will be able to follow @MLB for the latest standings updates over the course of the entire four-day voting period.
Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs #VoteRizzo (N4)
Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals #VoteRendon (N3)
Casey McGehee – Miami Marlins #VoteHitsMcGeHee (N1)
Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies #VoteMorneau (N2)
Justin Upton – Atlanta Braves #VoteJUp (N5)