Final Vote: Make Story an All-Star; vote or tweet until 2 MT
By Ben Weinrib
DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Trevor Story made his case to be the last member of the National League All-Star team with two home runs in Thursday night's 11-2 win over the Phillies at Coors Field. But as of Friday's final ballot udate, he remained ranked third in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.
Story leads Major League shortstops with 21 home runs and is second with a .550 slugging percentage. With his second homer off Phils lefty Adam Morgan, he tied Albert Pujols and Dave Kingman's NL rookie record for home runs before the All-Star break.
"I try not to [reflect]," said Story, who hit a three-run dinger in the third and a solo homer in the fifth. "I try to stay in the moment. On an off-day, I'll look back and enjoy it, but any time we're playing, it's good to remember the good time and those feelings, but I try to just focus on each day."
Voting ends today at 2 p.m. MT, so fans still have time to help Story (#StoryTime) pull out a comeback win. For the fifth consecutive year, the Final Vote will include social balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 8 a.m.-2 p.m. MT today, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.
"I can only vote so much," said teammate Nolan Arenado, who was named to the All-Star Game along with Carlos Gonzalez. "I'm voting every day. Every time I've got my phone I'm thinking about voting. I'm constantly voting. I've voted over a hundred something times. I hope people out there are voting for him."
The Rockies' social media department has partnered with the Astros to make a dual ticket of Story and outfielder George Springer. Springer is second in the American League voting, trailing only Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders.
This is the third straight year the Rockies have had a player in the final vote following Justin Morneau in 2014 and Troy Tulowitzki in '15. They partnered with the Indians in '14 (Corey Kluber) and the Yankees in '15 (Brett Gardner), hoping to pick up extra votes in the online voting.
"When we had Trevor, we knew that we wanted to see if there was another Texas team. Texas is a nice tie," said Rockies assistant director of digital media and publications Julian Valentin. "They just do a really nice job with the social media, which is a big part of the campaign. They're active, their fan base is active, and we're happy to support them."
"Man, there's some really talented shortstops in the game right now," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Talented young players overall, but especially at that position. It reminds you of back when [Nomar] Garciaparra, Miguel Tejada, A-Rod, and [Derek] Jeter were doing their thing.
"[Story] deserves to be in the game. We'll do what we can to make that happen."
The winner of each league's Final Vote will be added to the roster for the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on Tuesday at Petco Park in San Diego. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. MT.
"I'm proud of it," Story said. "You grow up dreaming about maybe being an All-Star and I still have a chance. It's very humbling."
Fans can vote for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote until 2 p.m. MT today. 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 2-3 p.m. MT. 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.
Next 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.
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.