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“Final Vote” balloting now open for 2012 All-Star Game

Jul 1, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball revealed its 2012 All-Star rosters Sunday on TBS. But not everything is set for next Tuesday night’s game in Kansas City.

Over the next week, online ballots can be cast to send one additional player from each league to participate in this year’s Midsummer Classic.

MLB calls it the “Final Vote,” and it’s now open.

Your options are:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Jonathan Broxton, RP, Royals
The 28-year-old right-hander has rebuilt his brand this season in Kansas City, currently boasting a 2.05 ERA and 20 saves in 30 2/3 innings as the Royals’ ninth-inning man. Broxton would join teammate Billy Butler as the only two hometown representatives at Kauffman Stadium.

Yu Darvish, SP, Rangers
The Japanese right-hander told reporters last week that he didn’t feel deserving of an All-Star nod, but he might get one anyway. Darvish has posted a stellar 3.57 ERA and 10.0 K/9 through the first 95 2/3 innings of his major league career. The Rangers spent over $110 million on him this past winter.

Ernesto Frieri, RP, Angels
Frieri has surrendered zero runs and just six hits in 23 1/3 innings out of the Angels’ bullpen since being acquired from the Padres in early May. He has solidified Anaheim’s ninth-inning role.

Jason Hammel, SP, Orioes
Hammel carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning earlier this season against the Twins and has a 3.29 ERA through 15 starts (93 innings) for second-place Baltimore. The 29-year-old starter would join O’s catcher Matt Wieters and outfielder Adam Jones out in western Missouri. Jim Johnson also got the nod.

Jake Peavy, SP, White Sox
The 31-year-old right-hander is back to his old tricks, with a 2.96 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 101/24 K/BB ratio through 112 2/3 innings this season. The American League Central-leading White Sox already have left-handed starter Chris Sale, first baseman Paul Konerko and designated hitter Adam Dunn ticketed for Kansas City. Peavy is also plenty deserving.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Michael Bourn, OF, Braves
Bourn is having the best offensive year of his career, already featuring a career-high seven home runs, a solid .307/.355/.442 batting line, 22 stolen bases and 52 runs scored through 77 games. The 29-year-old center fielder has been to one All-Star Game, in 2010 as a member of the Astros.

David Freese, 3B, Cardinals
Freese burst onto the scene last October with his record 21 postseason RBI and has followed that up with a decent first half. The third baseman entered play Sunday with 13 home runs, 48 RBI and an .812 OPS.

Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
The American League has a 20-year-old on its roster (Angels outfielder Mike Trout). Will the National League get Harper, who’s only 19? The former No. 1 overall pick has already become a major-league sensation just 56 games into his career and is backing up the hype with impact play all around the diamond.

Aaron Hill, 2B, Diamondbacks
Hill has already hit for the cycle twice this season and entered play Sunday with a cool .301/.362/.516 batting line. His numbers may be inflated by the batter-friendly confines of Arizona’s Chase Field, but there is no denying that he’s been a big-time run producer in the first half of the 2012 campaign.

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
This is the sentimental pick, as Jones has announced that he plans to retire at the end of the year. He’s hitting .291/.372/.450 with six home runs, six doubles and 28 RBI in 172 plate appearances this season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    No Encarnacion! Pity. He is having a much better year than Billy Butler who made the team.

  2. natstowngreg - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Probably Darvish and Harper, based on hype.

    On the Nats’ TVcast, F.P Santangelo asked, why should Chipper have to get voted into the last slot? Just put him on the team and honor his great career.

    I agree. Chipper shouldn’t have to wait for someone to get hurt, either. MLB pretends to make the All-Star Game meaningful by basing World Series home field on it. Then the game is played like the meaningless exhibition it is. As long as this fraud is perpetrated, I see no reason why they can’t make room to honor a great player at the end of his career.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    I’ll vote for frieri. I’ll also cast a ballot for Harper, if for no other reason to reward the exemplary manner in which he’s carried himself this year.

  4. alexjm3449 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    why is Josh Willinghammer not on this list….

  5. Earl Westlake - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    What about Kipnis?

  6. dkphilly1122 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    My vote is Darvish and Harper. I’m a diehard Phillies fan, but Harper is a stud and any of the immature stuff they said he did in the minors is obviously not true now. He handled the Hamels incident like a man, scored the run and after the game in his interview said Hamels pitched a good game and left it at that. Plus the kid is making baseball fun to watch again for Nat fans, plus the fact they’re playing great baseball and in first place doesn’t hurt. Darvish deserves to go too cause he’s just got nasty stuff and has what 5 pitches?? Goodluck to all who end up making it, they all have there reasons to go.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    I will never tell who I voted for numerous times :)

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