Hart holds fast to Final Vote lead

Hart holds fast to Final Vote lead

MILWAUKEE -- Two days down, two days to go, and Brewers outfielder Corey Hart was still the surprising leader in the National League half of the 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote, an online poll that lets baseball fans around the world pick the final player on each league's All-Star team.

Hart still needs fans' help. He maintained what an official release termed a "small advantage" over the other four candidates: David Wright of the Mets, Pat Burrell of the Phillies, Aaron Rowand of the Giants and Carlos Lee of the Astros.

"It's kind of hard to be surprised by our fans anymore," Hart said. "I was looking it up and me and [outfielder Mike Cameron] were fifth and sixth in All-Star voting, and that's of all the outfielders in the league. Our fans are extremely supportive. Never underestimate Brewers fans."

More than 21 million votes were cast in the first two days of balloting and the top three NL candidates were separated by approximately 10 percent. Balloting runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. CT.

The Brewers and Hart are doing their best to get out the vote. As part of his campaigning, Hart will chat with fans on Brewers.com and MLB.com at 2:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

Fans must be registered with MLB.com to submit questions in the chat.

Now in its seventh year, the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote Balloting began immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show presented by Chevy and continues until 4 p.m. CT on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

There are two ways for fans to vote for the 2008 Monster All-Star Game Final Vote -- online now at MLB.com or on-the-go from their cell phones. Fans also can text the word "VOTE" to 36197 to have the All-Star Final Vote candidates sent to your phone. To vote for a specific player, simply reply with your choice. In Canada, fans should text the word "VOTE" to 88555. Standard rate text messaging rates apply -- please check with your mobile carrier for details.

The fun doesn't end there, however. Fans, having already decided the starters and final player on each team, once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP Vote on MLB.com during the All-Star Game on July 15.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.