David Freese: All-Star
Boosted by a #FreesePlease campaign and likely from notoriety gained during his breakthrough 2011 postseason, David Freese is headed to his first All-Star Game as the National League’s Final Vote winner.
Freese beat out Atlanta’s Michael Bourn, Washington’s Bryce Harper and Arizona’s Aaron Hill in a record-setting Final Vote race that counted votes via an online ballot, text messaging and, in a first for the competition, Twitter.
The Cardinals third baseman became the NL player to beat on Tuesday, as he moved atop the Final Vote ballot when Chipper Jones came off. He never relinquished the lead, becoming the first Cardinal player to win a Final Vote competition.
Freese’s addition to the All-Star squad gives the Cardinals an NL-best five representatives. Joining him for Major League Baseball’s 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City next Tuesday will be outfielder Carlos Beltran, shortstop Rafael Furcal, catcher Yadier Molina and starter Lance Lynn.
This marks the second time in three seasons that the Cardinals will send five players to the Midsummer Classic.
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