Zimmerman places second in Final Vote

Zimmerman places second in Final Vote

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is on a hitting tear. In his past three games, Zimmerman is 8-for-13 (.615) with three home runs and seven RBIs.

But it wasn't enough to win the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint, as Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go to Anaheim. Zimmerman finished second in the voting.

Zimmerman, who was hitting .296 with 16 home runs and 47 RBIs entering Thursday's action, acknowledged that he wanted to go to the All-Star Game, but was happy to see Votto go to Anaheim.

"He deserves it," Zimmerman said of Votto. "He shouldn't have been on the Final Vote. I think he is one of the best players in the first half. It would have been fun to go. Just to be considered is an honor."

Now in its ninth year, the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint gave baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately after Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show and continued until 4 p.m. ET Thursday.

The fun doesn't end there, however. Fans, having already decided the starters and this week the final player on each team, once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.

The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB.com, MLB Network and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.