Hart still leading in Final Vote tallies

Hart still leading in Final Vote tallies

MILWAUKEE -- Corey Hart continued to lead the fight for the final National League All-Star spot Wednesday, thanks to a little help from his friends.

"I voted today until I went blind," Brewers manager Ned Yost joked on Tuesday, in the hours before CC Sabathia's Brewers debut.

Yost was back at it on Wednesday.

"Today, I only voted until my eyes crossed," he said.

Other Brewers fans must be doing the same thing, because Hart continued to lead the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote when the latest update was released on Wednesday. Online and text balloting runs through 4 p.m. CT on Thursday and Hart still needs every vote that he can get. According to the league, David Wright of the Mets and Pat Burrell of the Phillies are mounting, "significant challenges."

Hart, Wright, Burrell, Aaron Rowand of the Giants and Carlos Lee of the Astros are the five National Leaguers vying for the final spot on the All-Star team. Evan Longoria continues to lead American League challengers Jermaine Dye of the White Sox, Jason Giambi of the Yankees, Brian Roberts of the Orioles and Jose Guillen of the Royals.

The Brewers' Racing Sausages visited lunch patrons at Friday's Front Row at Miller Park on Wednesday, then stopped by Gen. Mitchell International Airport to pass out placards encouraging fans to vote.

The team set up a polling station at Miller Park for all four Brewers home games this week, located in the Associated Bank Kids Area just across from the right-field foul pole on the field level. Those voting at Miller Park received a raffle ticket making them eligible for some one-of-a-kind prizes.

"I'm just going to go home and stay on the computer all night and vote," Brewers shortstop J.J. Hardy said.

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. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly after balloting concludes Thursday.

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.