The final vote for the last two spots in the All Star Game are underway. There is one NL and one AL spot. The voting is about halfway through with the deadline being Thursday at 4pm ET. It’s time to vote for Larry.
Larry “Chipper” Jones is one of five candidates in the NL who can win that last spot based on the votes of fans. Right now, he leads in the voting, but there are a record number of votes coming in just as there were for the All-Star voting, so every vote counts.
There will be those who will argue that there are other players in the five who are having more All Star worthy seasons and I cannot dispute that. I think in the main game voting that should be the guiding concept for voting but that doesn’t happen. Fans vote for who they like for the most part, not who deserves it. So that argument becomes invalid. If voters are picking someone they like, Chipper should win hands down. He is one of the most popular players in all of MLB. Fans of all teams respect him for his play over the last 18 years and for his loyalty to his team and teammates.
Chipper has not had an All-Star year with 158 at bats, 46 hits, 29 RBIs and 6 home runs. He has played in 45 games this year. He is carrying a .291 average though in what he has said will be his final year of play. Yes, I know it’s cliche to play the “final year” card, but after the career he has had, he should go out on the highest possible note. Even his competition for the final spot, Bryce Harper, has said that Chipper should have the final spot. Players like Harper have many more years to be voted All-Stars and they will be. For Chipper, this is his last opportunity.
So baseball fans, you have about two days to vote for the final two spots. Consider everything that Chipper has done in the game and for the game and let’s give him this last time to be an All-Star. Vote http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2012/fv/ballot.jsp Vote for Chipper, vote for Larry.