Fans Set Single-Day All-Star Game MLB.com Balloting Record; 3.8 Million Ballots Cast Online Yesterday
Under 12 hours left to cast votes for 83rd All-Star Game starters; Balloting closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. EDT
NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With less than 12 hours remaining for fans to cast online votes through the All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot, campaigning for their favorite players continues to trend at all-time highs – highlighted by yesterday's record-breaking 3.8 million online ballots cast. Over the past two days alone, 6.7 million ballots have been cast online at MLB.com and the 30 Club websites in an unprecedented close to the races for the 17 starting positions in the 83rd All-Star Game on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Yesterday's online total surpassed the previous one-day record of 3.4 million set on July 2, 2008 – the final day of balloting. Voting continues until tonight's deadline at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
As of the last official updates, the closest races included the National League outfield and third base where San Francisco Giants teammates Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval again made pushes for starting spots yesterday with 125% and 138% more online votes, respectively, than leaders Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and David Wright of the New York Mets.
Fans may track and rally support over today's final hours of online balloting at MLB.com's "Tweet the Vote" portal using the following designated hashtags.
- AL 1B: #VotePrince or #VoteKonerko
- AL 2B: #VoteKinsler or #VoteCano
- AL 3B: #VoteAdrian or #VoteMiggy
- AL DH: #TeamPapi or #VoteMYoung
- NL C: #VoteBuster or #YestoYadi
- NL 2B: #VoteBraves or #VoteReds
- NL 3B: #VoteWright or #VotePanda
- NL SS: #FurcalStar or #VoteTulo
- NL OF: #VoteMelky or #VoteBraun
Final results will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, when the American League and National League All-Star teams will be announced live on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell on TBS. MLB.com will feature complete coverage with video and analysis of both rosters.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)/6:30 p.m. (CDT). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
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