Yost makes Final Vote push for Broxton

Yost makes Final Vote push for Broxton

Yost makes Final Vote push for Broxton
TORONTO -- No host team ever has had one of its players win the All-Star Game Final Vote, but manager Ned Yost is trying to rally Royals fans to do that just that for closer Jonathan Broxton.

"We've got two problems here and both problems, I think, can be overcome. But they have to be overcome by our fans," Yost said. "One is you've got Yu Darvish where you've got to deal with the whole country of Japan [voting], but Jonathan's got a pretty amazing city voting for him. Also, it's an advantage to be at home at this time. So we're at a disadvantage, really, in two areas."

Darvish, the Rangers' pitcher from Japan, is obviously getting a lot of support from his homeland. The Royals are in Toronto through the end of voting on Thursday at 3 p.m. CT.

"I think they are disadvantages we can overcome, but the city's got to get behind it," Yost said. "And if the city can get behind it, it's going to take Kansas City fans from all over the country to take the time to vote. Even if our fans can just take 20 minutes a day voting for Jonathan Broxton, I think we can overcome those obstacles."

At last report, Broxton was gaining support, moving up to fourth in the voting, with Darvish on top.

To receive the 2012 All-Star GameMLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for Broxton, simply text message A1 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Std rates may apply.

Yost was manager of the Brewers when Milwaukee fans pushed outfielder Corey Hart to victory in the Final Vote.

"We did it in Milwaukee, but we were at home and we were able to promote it," Yost said. "It was fresh and it was there. We've got to kind of do it from a distance here but it just showed, being a small-market team, what you can accomplish when your fans are behind you.

"That, really, for the first time showed the baseball world what kind of fans we had in Milwaukee. I see our fans in Kansas City in the same light. We've got a tremendous group of fans that are true baseball fans, they are very educated baseball fans for the most part and they understand how the game's played. And I just feel it would be a real feather in the cap for the city if we can have two All-Stars there. But our fans, quite frankly, are the ones that have got to do it."

The Royals have formed an alliance with the Atlanta Braves, with each organization urging their fans to vote for the other team's player in the Final Vote in the two leagues. For Royals fans, that will mean Michael Bourn, now that the Braves' other candidate, Chipper Jones, has been selected to replace injured Matt Kemp.