Frieri relying on tweets to rally for AL Final Vote

Frieri relying on tweets to rally for AL Final Vote

Frieri relying on tweets to rally for AL Final Vote
In a few hours, the Angels' Ernesto Frieri will either be an All-Star reliever or an All-Star snub.

How much free time do you have?

Frieri could use some help. As of Thursday morning, the 26-year-old right-hander was in fifth place among American League hopefuls in the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone, and the voting ends at 1 p.m. PT.

The Rangers' Yu Darvish -- thanks in large part to so many of his fans in Japan -- has led throughout, and was followed respectively by the White Sox' Jake Peavy, the Orioles' Jason Hammel, the Royals' Jonathan Broxton and Frieri when the final day of voting began.


Now in its 11th year, the Final Vote gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team.

Until the balloting ends, Twitter support from fans will count toward the candidates' Final Vote totals. Over those last four hours of balloting, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the overall vote total used to determine the American League and National League winners. Frieri's hashtag is #VoteFrieri.

In addition, fans may follow @MLB on the social networking service for the latest standings updates in advance of the deadline.

More than 40 million votes have been cast, and the usual late flurry of votes will be forthcoming in this campaign, which started at 11 a.m. PT on Sunday with candidates presented by AL manager Ron Washington and NL manager Tony La Russa. The winners from each league will be announced on MLB.com shortly after the ballot closes, and those two players will become the 34th and final additions to the rosters for the 83rd All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City.

To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for Frieri, simply text message A3 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada is also available, and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.

Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet, via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 4:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

There will be an extra treat for fans who participate in the Final Vote. If you are not a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you are eligible to receive a 14-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 6-20. If you are a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you will receive a 15 percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on July 6 to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.

Frieri has been one of baseball's most pleasant surprises since being acquired by the Padres in early May. With the Angels, he's notched 24 1/3 scoreless innings and 42 strikeouts -- making him the first pitcher in Major League history to post those totals with a new club -- and has gone 10-for-10 in save opportunities.

But without a major push, he'll be watching the Midsummer Classic from home.

"If I get the chance to go, that would be amazing," Frieri said. "If I don't, I'd be happy with it, because that means that I'm doing everything right, and I know that the guys that were selected for the All-Star team are doing unbelievable, too.

"I knew that it was going to be kind of hard, but I'm just hoping right now that fans vote for me because I really want to go. If I don't, I'd be happy, too, because just for the fact that my name is on there is great."

Frieri is the fifth player in Angels history to be in the Final Vote competition, and is hoping to be its first winner.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.