Chipper Jones’ first priority after finding out he’d made the NL All-Star team Tuesday afternoon was to start making arrangements for his family to get to Kansas City. A close second was lobbying for his teammate Michael Bourn.
“The one reason I’m really glad that it happened today is that now we can all vote for Mike Bourn and get him there,” Jones said. “Mike Bourn has been our most valuable player this year. He’s jumpstarted our offense time and time again. When he came over to shake my hand to congratulate me I told him he was coming with, so we’ve got to get him there.”
Bourn was last among the five players in the Final Vote tally released on Tuesday morning, behind Jones, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, and Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill. Fans have until 4 p.m. Thursday to vote at www.mlb.com/vote. The results will be announced shortly thereafter.
The Braves leadoff hitter is hitting .304 with a .352 on-base percentage, 16 doubles, a career-high seven homers and 23 stolen bases. He has made one All-Star appearance with the Houston Astros in 2010 in Anaheim.
“Either way I’m prepared for it,” said Bourn. “…I’ve been able to go once, but I would love to go multiple times. At the same time you have to know that you’ve still got to play baseball. Life goes on. You can’t dwell on it.”