Fans can pick up Hammel with Final Vote
Right-hander in third place in AL balloting for final All-Star Game roster spot
SEATTLE -- Jason Hammel has been the Orioles' steady presence all season long, and while the 29-year-old right-hander ended up on the wrong side of Monday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners, he still has a chance to be named to this year's All-Star Game.
"I voted for him," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Hammel, who is one of five American League Final Vote candidates. "As many times as my daughter could show me how to do it. We'll see [if he wins]; there's a lot of very worthy candidates, and Ham's certainly one of them."
Hammels was in third place in the AL balloting when Tuesday's update was released. Yu Darvish of the Rangers leads, followed by White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy. Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri is fourth and Royals closer Jonathan Broxton is fifth.
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 Selection Show and continues until Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Hammel went to the mound in the seventh inning on Monday having allowed just one run, but the Orioles' defense -- which extended its Major League lead in errors to 70 earlier in the game -- didn't help matters. Second baseman Robert Andino missed Matt Wieters' throw at second which would have been in time to catch Dustin Ackley stealing for the second out, and that helped lead the Mariners to a three-run frame. Hammel was charged with four runs in 6 2/3 innings and took the loss, but fans can help pick him up by showing support in the "Vote Hammel" campaign.
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 Hammel, simply text message A4 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available, and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.
Fans voting for Hammel -- who is 8-4 with a 3.43 ERA -- will be eligible to win a VIP Meet & Greet with the pitcher, parking and four field box seat tickets to an Orioles home game in July or August. In addition, fans who vote online at orioles.com/finalvote at least 20 times for Hammel and select the Orioles as their "favorite" or "other favorite" team can receive a 50-percent discount offer for up to four tickets to an Orioles home game from July 24-29.
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 Chevrolet via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.
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 7:30 p.m. ET. 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.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on July 6 to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.