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Chris Sale and Anthony Rizzo make the All-Star team via the “Final Vote” competition

Jul 10, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

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For the past couple of years Major League Baseball has run a little American Idol-style contest to give players who didn’t make the All-Star team a chance to make it. It’s called The Final Vote, and it gives fans a few days to vote online and through social media for one of five finalists. It’s a program that encourages campaigns and hashtags and all kinds of nonsense which, for the most part is kind of fun, even if it clogs up our Twitter feeds for a couple of days.

But now the Final Vote is over and the results are in:

The creative campaigns are over. Twitter voting ended in a furious rally. And at the end of the four-day online voting program, it is Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs who were chosen by fans as the winners of the 2014 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Sale and Rizzo earned the final two AL and NL All-Star Team roster spots through online voting on, the individual Club sites and Twitter, where designated player hashtags counted during the final six hours of voting.

Rizzo beat out Justin Morneau, even though Morneau had the entire nation of Canada behind him. Of course, in a battle between Canadian democracy and Chicago politics, take Chicago every time.

That may explain Chris Sale’s win too. I mean, set aside the fact that he totally deserves to be on the All-Star team. Clearly his victory over Garrett Richards was a function of The Chicago Way. Richards belongs too, of course. I would assume that an “injury” to a current All-Star will get him there. It always seems to happen that way.

  1. migoli - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Boooooooooo-urns. Wanted morneau to come back to MN

    • card0109 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Tulo was speculating yesterday about including Morneau for the final spot on the Home Run Derby team, so there’s a small chance he might be back. If he’s not named this evening, I’ll be there booing along side you.

  2. bronco58lb - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    MLB has yet to name a replacement for Yadier Molina. Will it be Buster Posey?

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      They gotta be stupid if it’s not.

  3. bronco58lb - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I laughed at the fools touting Keuchel and McGehee. Your campaigns were a waste of time.

    • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      The real fool can’t read the stats. McGehee was leading all National League third basemen in just about every offensive category except home runs and stolen bases, has a remarkable fielding percentage to boot, and is the league’s leading clutch hitter.

      But don’t let little things like that ripple your cluelessly smooth puddle of ignorance, eh what?

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Was hoping for Garrett Richards, but Sale is deserving too. Maybe there will be a pitcher that pitches right before the All-Star Game and G-Rich can get in

  5. rickrenteria - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    The campaign put on the Cubs to get Rizzo in was so overwhelming (and unprecedented) it felt almost as if there was some ulterior motive. Let’s face it, Rizzo was Epstein’s first real acquisition for the Cubs and him making the ASG means Theo can thump his chest and claim how ‘The Cubs Way’ is actually working and not a complete, utter failure.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Uh, plenty of teams have had campaigns to get their player in. I remember the phils having a team of voters on computers in the stands during games to get Victorino in the ASG. and while you might laugh at the cubs, Epstein has been very shrewd in acquiring the best collection of minor league offensive talent in the league. The cubs will be in contention in a few years if that talent pans out.

      • ptfu - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Chicago’s been stuffing ballot boxes for over a century. Long-time city motto is “vote early and often”

      • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        Ptfu, this isn’t political office. And “vote early and vote often” usually means voting in every election, and not having to wait in line. Chicago got a bad rap 50+ years ago, but the mobs that run the city now don’t give a crap about who is in power. They care about selling dope.

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        stockexchange: not much of a sense of irony in your belly, is there? Aside from which, Epstein’s henyard has no bearing on the issue ptfu raised, does it now? Why not crow about your local pizzerias while we’re on the subject of all star performance. I mean, it’s also such a fine line that distinguishes pepperoni from OBP, isn’t it?

    • antaresrex - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      As a fan, I have few if any complaints about the Epstein/Hoyer regime so far. Even if the Cubs are still bottom-dwellers, there’s plenty of reason to feel hopeful about their future. Epstein is doing everything I would expect from someone trying to build a sustained run at contention. I’m on board with that even if it means a couple more lean years.

  6. infieldhit - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    “I got these final all-star roster spots, and they’re freakin’ golden!”

  7. mmeyer3387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    I love the pick of Chris Sale, clearly a deserving player. He always put on a great show when he pitches. He is in my top five.

  8. jerze2387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    I wanted to see Rizo get in just so he can spend some more quality time with Aroldis Chapman after todays game…

  9. johnnysoda - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Very happy Sale made it. I’m stunned he wasn’t on the team to begin with- and Dellin Betances somehow was.

  10. tfilarski - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM


  11. ponchorides - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Vote early and often.

    Hizzonner Richard J Daley

  12. ahrmon - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    “You bring OPS, we bring WAR. That’s the Chicago way”.

  13. 1harrypairatesties - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Rizzo belongs in the All-Star game. He’s having his best season as a big leaguer. Now Tulowitzki should pick him for the HR Derby.

    • derklempner - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      I’m still amazed that Rizzo wasn’t picked (o, seemingly, even in consideration) for the HR derby, considering he’s tied for second in the NL with 20 HRs.

      Don’t get me wrong; i understand the Morneau pick, and I’m glad to see him returning to MN to participate in the festivities. That’s what makes baseball such a great game to watch.

  14. Uncle Charlie - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Rizzo is the 5th most valuable 1B in MLB, plus his WRC+ is 147 compared to Morneau’s 123. This was a no-brainier, congrats Rizzo.

    • hiflew - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Apparently you are not aware that the best players get to the All Star Game. Morneau returning was the best story of the Final Five, just like Jeter’s last ASG is the best story of the actual game. They don’t take the best players because Jeter would be the 10th or 11th SS in the AL this season.

  15. kevinsterne - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    It’s a complete mockery of the sport that sale didn’t make it to begin with. Yet matt weiters gets voted in has on the dl. And jeter has been playing below replacement level but is starting SS. Either make it a real game or make it an exhibition. Can’t do both

    • derklempner - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Supposedly, it’s already a “real game”. Didn’t you hear that the winning team’s league hosts the World Series?

      What a joke. If the WS home-field advantage is at stake, why are the starters pulled after three, four, or even five innings? Isn’t winning the game even more important now than it was before?

      • kevinsterne - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        I didn’t think the even pitched that long. I thought starters still did 2-3 innings max. I must confess I haven’t actually watched the all star game in a few years

      • derklempner - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        I don’t believe any pitcher, especially the starter, goes more than three innings. Unless you count extra innings. I was talking about all the starters, however; they’re all pulled after the third, fourth, or fifth (sometimes the sixth) innings.

        My point was this: if home-field advantage in the World Series is at stake for the winning league, then why wouldn’t you just let your starters play all nine innings? Isn’t it even more important to win the game than it was before this rule change was made?

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