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Yu Darvish, David Freese lead “Final Vote” balloting

Jul 4, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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With one day remaining in the “Final Vote” contest for All-Star spots Rangers starter Yu Darvish leads the AL balloting and Cardinals third baseman David Freese leads the NL balloting.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been leading in the NL, but yesterday he was removed from the “Final Vote” ballot after being named the injury replacement for Matt Kemp. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper ranks second to Freese, followed by Braves outfielder Michael Bourn and Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill.

White Sox starter Jake Peavy ranks second to Darvish in the AL, followed by Orioles starter Jason Hammel, Royals reliever Jonathan Broxton, and Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri.

Voting on MLB.com ends at 4:00 p.m. eastern time tomorrow.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I’d love for Michael Bourn to make a run, but at the very least it’d be nice to see Harper in the game over Freese.

  2. nogoodtomedead - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Freese deserves it just for his post-season. Harper is gonna be in plenty of All-Star games- and he even made those comments about wanting to go home. I know people want the Trout/Harper storyline- but Trout deserves his spot, and Harper, although he has been amazing for his age- would mostly be there on hype.

    • oltanya - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Harper would be there mostly on hype, yet Freese deserves it for something that happened last (post-)season despite having slightly worse numbers than Harper?

  3. blues1988 - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    well maybe not JUST because of what happened last year. that really helps (even though it shouldn’t because it’s a different year) he really is having a good year and i believe he deserves to be there more than any of the other candidates. Michael Bourn, ATL .305 AVG, 7 HR, 32 RBI David Freese, STL .286 AVG, 13 HR, 48 RBI .276 AVG, 8 HR, 23 RBI Aaron Hill, ARI .301 AVG, 11 HR, 38 RBI Bryce Harper, WAS .276 AVG, 8 HR, 23 RBI. looking at those numbers (even tho he’s a rookie) harper doesn’t deserve to go over any of those guys.

  4. townballblog - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Does anyone else feel the All-Star voting is a popularity contest?

    Rhetorical.

  5. charlutes - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Who isn’t an all star this year? I’m so done reading all star posts. Don’t care who’s there, may watch if I’m bored. Yu Darvish is not an all star though.

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