ST. LOUIS (BaseballSTL) -- Major League Baseball revealed the results of All-Star Game voting and which players made the rosters for the “Midsummer Classic” Sunday afternoon. St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese is in contention to make the National League roster as part of the “Final Vote”.
There are three other viable players competing with Freese for the Final Vote or final spot on the roster. The other candidates for the “Final Vote” include Freese, Bryce Harper, Michael Bourn and Aaron Hill. It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that Chipper Jones, who was previously part of the Final Vote list, will replace injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
Despite gaining large amounts of fame and national exposure from the 2011 World Series, Freese is up against some steep competition.
Jones is playing in his nineteenth baseball season, all of them with the Braves. Jones has stated that this is his final season and received the most votes prior to Tuesday's announcement so baseball fans can experience Jones one last time. Some are comparing this to the 2001 All-Star Game when Cal Ripken Jr. played in his final All-Star Game after 21 seasons in Baltimore.
Harper is 19 years old and whom many people consider to be the next, greatest player in all of MLB.
Hill has solidified his name in baseball lore for hitting two cycles so far this season. A “cycle” is when a player hits a single, double, triple and home run in one game. Hill becomes just the fourth player in more than 120 years of baseball history to hit more than one cycle in one season. Many believe that Hill’s accomplishment is even more remarkable because he completed hitting for the cycle in two games in just 11 days.
The All-Star Game is July 10 in Kansas City. Several St. Louis Cardinals were selected to be on the National League roster, including shortstop Rafael Furcal, outfielder Carlos Beltran, catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Lance Lynn.
As of Tuesday morning, MLB said that Freese was second in voting for the National League behind Jones. “Final Vote” ends at 3 p.m. Thursday and the team is asking people to spread the word. Supporters have started using the Twitter hashtag “#FreesePlease”. On Tuesday, the Cardinals announced a partnership with the White Sox to cast votes for Freese and Jake Peavy. To vote, click here.