NEW YORK, July 11, 2013 - What factors could play determining roles during today's final hours of the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by freecreditscore.com? Will it be the six-hour Twitter voting program? Will the candidates whose teams are scheduled to play before online balloting closes get a boost? Tens of millions of tweets and online votes will be cast today as fans rally support for their favorite candidates. Follow @MLB for the latest standings updates in advance of the 4 p.m. EDT balloting deadline.
Beginning at 10 a.m. EDT, Twitter support from fans will count toward each player's final vote total. Every tweet that includes a player's designated hashtag (noted below in the standings) will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the final roster spots on the American and National League All-Star Teams.
The All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by freecreditscore.com is on the verge of breaking the balloting record set four years ago (68.6MM) with 66.2 million votes cast entering today. Current standings are as follows:
1. Steve Delabar (TOR) - #RaiseTheBar (A2)
2. David Robertson (NYY) - #HighSocksForVotes (A3)
3. Koji Uehara (BOS) - #HighFiveCiti (A5)
4. Joaquin Benoit (DET) - #BackBenoit (A1)
5. Tanner Scheppers (TEX) - #TakeTanner (A4)
1. Freddie Freeman (ATL) - #VoteFreddie (N2)
2. Yasiel Puig (LAD) - #VotePuig (N5)
3. Hunter Pence (SF) - #VotePence (N4)
4. Ian Desmond (WSH) - #DesiIn13 (N1)
5. Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) - #VoteTitan (N3)
MLB.com's new online Final Vote data visualization map shows the geographic distribution of all 10 candidates' votes. Scroll over any county in the 50 United States to see the color-coded display to show the online vote share for each player. Click here or visit MLB.com to access the map.
Fans also may use mobile phones to cast votes at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by freecreditscore.com mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. Standard message and data rates may apply. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.
The 84th 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 will begin at 7:30 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, visit allstargame.com or mets.com/asg.