Bourn's All-Star return needs Final Vote push

Bourn's All-Star return needs Final Vote push

Bourn's All-Star return needs Final Vote push
ATLANTA -- When Michael Bourn did not earn an All-Star selection on Sunday, he was admittedly disappointed. As this week has progressed, he has focused his attention on attempting to help the Braves win. But there is no doubt he is still hoping to receive an All-Star invite.

"Of course anybody who has ever played baseball wants to go play in an All-Star Game," Bourn said. "I was able to go once, but I would love to go multiple times."

Bourn could still land an All-Star selection if he receives strong support in the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone. The speedy Braves outfielder ranked third among the National League candidate when the latest balloting update was released on Wednesday morning.

With Chipper Jones removed from the ballot after he replaced the injured Matt Kemp on the NL roster, Bourn should draw much greater support from Braves fans. But he will have to make up some ground to catch St. Louis' David Freese and Washington' s Bryce Harper before the balloting ends on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

"It's all up to a vote," Bourn said. "You can't control it. Either way I'm prepared. We'll see what happens."

Bourn's only previous All-Star experience occurred when he was selected to represent the Astros at the 2010 Midsummer Classic in Anaheim. He remembers his locker being positioned next two Brian McCann's and experiencing a whirlwind of activities after arriving on Sunday evening.

"It was fun, but it was hectic too," Bourn said. "There was a lot going on. But it's an enjoyable experience. You get to watch the Home Run Derby and a whole lot of other things. You get to meet some of the old timers who come around and just get to see how all of the other players are feeling."

Final Vote candidates
American League
P Jonathan Broxton, KC
P Yu Darvish, TEX
P Ernesto Frieri, LAA
P Jason Hammel, BAL
P Jake Peavy, CWS
National League
OF Michael Bourn, ATL
3B David Freese, STL
OF Bryce Harper, WAS
2B Aaron Hill, ARI

Bourn replaced Matt Holliday in left field during the bottom of the eighth inning and led off the top of the ninth inning with a three-pitch strikeout against Jose Valverde. He looked at a called strike and then swung through the next two pitches.

"I should have swung at the first pitch," Bourn said. "I was trying to be all cool by thinking I was not going to swing at the first pitch. I should have swung at it. I was way too amped up. I didn't even see the ball. The ball was not even close to the zone."

Bourn hopes to gain the chance to participate in another All-Star Game, which might prove to be a little less stressful than his first.

"It's your first time in an All-Star Game," Bourn said. "You're around [Albert] Pujols and all of those other people who have been there multiple times.

"It was a fun experience, but this year, I just have to wait to see what happens."

To receive the 2012 All-Star Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote, simply text message N1 (Bourn). Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Std rates may apply.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.