Final Vote: Give Braun a boost; vote or tweet until 3 CT today

Final Vote: Give Braun a boost; vote or tweet until 3 CT today

Those expecting a barnstorming tour by 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote candidate Ryan Braun will be disappointed. The Brewers outfielder is letting his 2016 record speak for itself.

Cast your Esurance Final Vote for Braun

Braun is one of five players in the running for the National League's final roster spot, to be decided via online and mobile balloting running through 3 p.m. CT today, and he was in fifth place upon release of the latest voting update on Friday morning. Coverage of the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX.

"Whatever [the Brewers] want to do, I appreciate," Braun said.

But Braun does have some politician in him. Asked about the vote, he said, "Those other four guys really deserve to make the team. I would vote for one of them. I don't know which one, but I would vote for all of them before myself."

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is leading in the voting, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte, Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb and Braun, who is batting .322 with 14 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .912 OPS, is in fifth.

Today, the club's social media apparatus will go into high gear. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag -- #VoteBraun for Braun -- will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

The Brewers have found Final Vote success in the past. Their campaign helped put Geoff Jenkins on the All-Star team in 2003, and Corey Hart in '08. Both, like Braun, were outfielders. Pitcher Chris Capuano was also a Final Vote candidate in '06, and while he didn't win, he did make the NL All-Star team that year as an injury replacement.

Once again, the Brewers' marketing department is running a get-out-the-vote campaign. They distributed hundreds of "Vote Braun" T-shirts on Wednesday, and they launched a series of digital billboards to promote voting. The team also produced campaign-style picket signs being used around town.

Braun in NL Final Vote mix

Fans can vote for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote until 3 p.m. CT on Friday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced during a Final Vote-themed telecast of "MLB Now" featuring commentary from political analyst Jeff Greenfield, live on MLB Network and MLB.com from 3-4 p.m. CT. MLB Network will provide extensive coverage across all of its studio programming during the Final Vote, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating the cities where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Baseball fans have cast nearly 600 million online votes for Final Vote candidates since the program's inception in 2002. In addition to MLB.com and the official club websites, fans can use their mobile devices to cast votes at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text their choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.

On Tuesday, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game, visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.