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“Final Vote” balloting now open for 2011 All-Star Game

Jul 3, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

Justin Upton, Derrick Hall AP

Major League Baseball named 66 All-Stars during Sunday’s selection show on TBS, but a total of 68 players will be on hand when the Midsummer Classic kicks off July 12 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Through a week-long online “final vote,” one additional All-Star will be named to each roster. Ballots can be cast now on MLB.com.

American League

Alex Gordon, OF, Royals
A former second overall pick, Gordon has finally figured it all out in his fifth big league season and entered Sunday’s action with a .301/.368/.491 batting line. If the Kansas City fanbase can rally, Gordon would join Royals reliever Aaron Crow as the only two Royals heading to Arizona.

Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
From the highlight catches in center field to his speed around the bases, “don’t call me Pacman” Jones is one of the most exciting players in baseball. He’s on pace to finish with over 20 home runs and he’s swiped six bases in six chances this season for Baltimore.

Paul Konerko, 1B, White Sox
Different year, familiar results. Konerko is following up his stellar 2010 campaign with more of the same, batting .317/.387/.567 with 21 home runs in 81 games played. There’s a logjam at first base on both All-Star rosters, but Paulie would make a fine late-innings pinch-hitter.

Victor Martinez, DH, Tigers
The Tigers have nearly tracked down the first-place Indians in the American League Central, and much of the credit goes to V-Mart. Detroit’s big offseason addition has tallied 46 RBI against a .335/.383/.490 batting line and could act as the American League’s emergency catcher.

Ben Zobrist, UTIL, Rays
Zobrist plays elite-level defense at all spots around the diamond and is again contributing offensively after a down 2010 season. The versatile 30-year-old enters Sunday’s series finale against the Cardinals with nine home runs, 40 RBI and seven stolen bases.

National League

Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies
The “Flyin’ Hawaiian” is sporting a career-high .886 OPS through 298 plate appearances this season and could climb near 20 home runs before the year is through. He also has 13 steals in 14 attempts and could function as a dangerous pinch-runner for the National League.

Mike Morse, OF, Nationals
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa may have deserved a spot in the “Final Vote” over Morse, but let’s not take anything away from the red-hot 29-year-old. Morse is batting .299/.349/.538 with 15 home runs and has helped the Nats cope with loss of first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers
Fellow outfielder Matt Kemp is drawing most of the “ooos” and “aahs” this season at Dodger Stadium, but Ethier has remained a steady presence in the heart of the Los Angeles lineup and enters Sunday’s full slate of games with a .322/.391/.464 slash line and 41 RBI.

Todd Helton, 1B, Rockies
What year is it? The 37-year-old finally has good health on his side and is hitting like the Helton of old, sporting a .323 batting average and .889 OPS through 285 plate appearances. He’d make a fine addition to the National League roster as a veteran pinch-hitter.

Ian Kennedy, SP, Diamondbacks
Yankees GM Brian Cashman probably tries to avoid reading the National League box scores on days that Kennedy pitches. The 26-year-old has been dominating hitters all season and is quickly becoming an ace on the Diamondbacks’ staff. He may get a little hometown love in the voting.

  1. yourenuckingfuts - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Ad you can vote as msny times as you want on a single email addy
    BRILLIANT

  2. mvpolamalu - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Todd Helton? Really? Where’s Andrew mccutchen????

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      In is inexplicable that he didn’t make it to at least the “final vote.”

      • Drew Silva - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        Agreed. And Danny Espinosa should have made it over Morse.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    “yawn” boring all star games

  4. ditto65 - Jul 3, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Where is Jeter? I wanted him on the ballot twice, so we could add it to the the list of intangibles he owns.

  5. spudchukar - Jul 3, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    If this game is close late, look for a NL win. That is one weak All-Star bullpen the AL is sporting.

  6. bigtrav425 - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Im voting for Gordon and rotating between Morse and Helton.Im a huge Helton fan and what he is doing at his age is awesome but Morse has had a really solid 1st half and needs a lil love thrown his way

  7. goldensombrero3000 - Jul 4, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    Ever since I was kick out of my coverband (that is Dave Matthew’s Band obsessive) I can understand what it means to be excluded. Johnny Cueto needs to be in the Allstar game but if he isn’t its ok. At Mass today we revisted meekness. Nevertheless, Johnny Cueto is going to pitch the Reds right into the playoffs.

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