Nationals lobby for Morse in Final Vote race

Nationals lobby for Morse in Final Vote race

WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Michael Morse was selected as a candidate in the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint, and he is doing everything he can to be voted into the 2011 Midsummer Classic, which will be played in Phoenix on July 12.

Morse plans to ask his teammates to get on Twitter and tell their followers to vote for him. He called his pal, Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, to help him get Japanese votes. Morse wants to be one of two members of the Nationals to be on the National League All-Star roster. It was announced Sunday that reliever Tyler Clippard made the team.

"Right now, I'll do whatever it takes," Morse said. "I'm kind of excited. It's kind of fun. It's going to be tough, with the big markets out there. It's an opportunity. I hope to represent the Nationals and join Clip."

Morse is competing against Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, D-backs right-hander Ian Kennedy and Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino for the final spot on the roster. After 24 hours, Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino has a narrow lead.


"I want to represent the Nationals in baseball's biggest stage," Morse said. "I want to showcase to the world the direction the Nationals are going in."

The Nationals are doing their part to make sure Morse is at the All-Star Game. They have joined forces with the Orioles on the "Beltway Ballot," rallying together for Morse and Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who is an American League Final Vote contender.

Now in its 10th year, the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell and continues until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

Mobile voting in the U.S. and Canada is open to everyone. In the U.S., to receive the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 89269 (Example: Text "A3" to vote for Konerko). In Canada, fans should text their choices to 65246. Standard message and data rates may apply.

The fun doesn't end there, however. Fans, having already decided the starters and 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 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.

The 82nd 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 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 10-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 9-19. 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 Friday to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.