KANSAS CITY -- Royals fans have the opportunity to add a little more hometown flavor to the 2012 All-Star Game.
Royals closer Jonathan Broxton is one of five American League pitchers up for the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone.
Royals fans need to push hard to get one more of their own into the Midsummer Classic, which will be played at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. The AL squad already includes designated hitter Billy Butler.
Now in its 11th year, the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell and continues until Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Kansas City is encouraging fans to vote an unlimited number of times either online or by using their phones until voting ends.
The Royals could be at a slight disadvantage, as they are in the midst of one of the season's longest road trips. This means no visible "Vote Broxton" signage, as the team won't play another home game before the All-Star break.
Final Vote candidates
|P||Jonathan Broxton, KC|
|P||Yu Darvish, TEX|
|P||Ernesto Frieri, LAA|
|P||Jason Hammel, BAL|
|P||Jake Peavy, CWS|
|OF||Michael Bourn, ATL|
|3B||David Freese, STL|
|OF||Bryce Harper, WAS|
|2B||Aaron Hill, ARI|
So they've taken a more tech-savvy approach.
Online, the team is offering a ticket discount to those who vote at royals.com/votebroxton. They are also campaigning on Facebook and Twitter. Twitter users can use the hashtag #VoteBroxton to help spread the word on the closer's candidacy.
Fans can also vote using their phones. To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for Broxton, simply text message A1 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.
Broxton is also getting some help from an appropriate source.
Broxton grew up in Georgia, so it's fitting that the Royals are teaming up with the Atlanta Braves to campaign for each others' candidates. The Royals are encouraging their fans to submit National League Final Vote ballots in support of Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn, who are competing for the NL's final spot. Likewise, the Braves are campaigning for the Georgia native, Broxton.
"Hopefully I can get the Southeast, especially with Chipper," Broxton said. "We have the same agent, and I've been out there hunting with him a couple times. Especially with this being his last year, hopefully people will start voting for him. And if they make a push down there, hopefully they can put my name in the mix. We'll just see where it goes."
Broxton is up against four other AL pitchers in the Final Vote, including Yu Darvish (Rangers), Ernesto Frieri (Angels), Jason Hammel (Orioles) and Jake Peavy (White Sox).
Entering play on Monday, Broxton had converted 20 of 23 save opportunities this season, good for fourth in the AL, and had a 2.05 ERA. He struck out 23 batters in 30 2/3 innings.
The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes 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 14-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 6-20. If you are a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.comShop. MLB.com will send an email on July 6 to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.