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Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn Among Finalists for MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

July 2nd, 2012 at 7:57 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Atlanta Braves teammates Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn are among the five finalists eligible for the Final Vote to participate in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Jones, who announced in spring training that this season would be his last, is hitting .292 with six home runs, 29 RBIs, and an .830 OPS. Bourn is batting .302 with seven home runs, 29 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases. Jones would be happy to go but believes Bourn should win the Final Vote.

"When I've been in there, I feel like I've played well," Jones said. "I just have not played a lot. Are there more deserving people? Yes. But I also get why I'm on the ballot. If people want me to go, I'd love to go. I will campaign more for Mikey Bourn than I will for myself. He's been in there every day and he's been the catalyst of our club. He might be our MVP, so why shouldn't he go?"

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, and Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill round out the five finalists. The 19-year-old Harper was actually lobbying for Jones following Sunday afternoon's game between the Braves and Nationals.

"He should have already been in the All-Star Game, no matter what," Harper said. "He's an All-Star, and he's been an All-Star for 20 years. I think Chip should have been there and, like I said, if I had a vote, Chip's going."

Voting will continue until Thursday, July 5 at 4:00 PM EDT. The player who receives the most votes will be added to the National League roster to participate in the All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Chipper Jones, Michael Bourn, MLB

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