Bourn appreciative of fans’ ‘Final Vote’ support

Braves fans rallied in support of Braves center fielder Michael Bourn in the frenzied last hours of All-Star “Final Vote” balloting on Thursday, but Cardinals third baseman David Freese won the final spot on the National League team over Bourn, Nationals rookie Bryce Harper and Arizona’s Aaron Hill.

Chipper Jones had the early lead in the voting before being named to the All-Star team as a substitute for injured Dodger Matt Kemp on Tuesday. Because so many Braves fans had voted initially for Jones, Bourn was at a disadvantage had a lot of ground to make up in two days.

Braves fans turned out en masse to vote on Twitter  Thursday and had #VoteBourn trending worldwide before the balloting closed at 4 p.m.

“I want to tell them thank you,” Bourn said. “That meant a lot, having fans behind me the whole way. Everybody in the clubhouse, everybody that was on Twitter, Facebook — whoever tried to vote for me, I just want to say thank you for all the support. It didn’t work out, but it was a good run. Freese won it and he’ll be going to the All-Star game. I’m going to be taking four days of chilling and get ready for the second half.”

Not necessarily. There was still a chance Bourn could be added to the team if another All-Star backs out because of injury. Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has indicated he might not play because of a sore knee.

Etc.

Jason Heyward only had a cramp in the rib-cage area, not an oblique strain, during a ninth-inning plate appearance Wednesday. Heyward told manager Fredi Gonzalez he was fine Thursday, then hit a two-run homer in the first inning…. Gonzalez said starters Randall Delgado and Mike Minor would be available for bullpen duty at Philadelphia if needed, Delgado on Friday and Minor on Saturday. Those are the normal side-session throwing days two days after starts. Delgado pitched Wednesday and Minor on Thursday, and neither has another start until after the All-Star break.

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Shelfish Chipper need 2 retrie now!

July 5th, 2012
7:39 pm

If Chiper was truely the grate guy U all say he is he would step aside and let Borne take his palce on the all star rooster.

Wetdirt

July 5th, 2012
7:39 pm

Shelfish Chipper need 2 retrie now!

July 5th, 2012
7:40 pm

Oh yeah….

FIST!!!!

Kat

July 5th, 2012
7:41 pm

Does MLB release the number of votes and/or tweets that Bourn received to the press? Or even what place he ended up?

Wetdirt

July 5th, 2012
7:42 pm

Not first, but not a washed up Shelfish.

Shelfish Chipper need 2 retrie now!

July 5th, 2012
7:44 pm

@ Wetdirt

HA HA!

Yogi Berra

July 5th, 2012
7:49 pm

Hope Stanton does drop out..Thanks DOB..Bourn is a classy guy.

Wrecker

July 5th, 2012
8:49 pm

Love Bourn! I hope the Braves recognize the competitive spirit, talent, and clubhouse ability this guy brings and resign him to a 5-6 year contract.

BravesfaninWis

July 5th, 2012
9:08 pm

Bourn was robbed, he clearly deserved to be a All Star. The 3 I believe on the Braves who should have made it are Bourn, Prado, and Kimbrel. Sorry fans, but imo, Uggla and Chipper do not deserve to be All Stars. Chipper only made it because he is retiring and its a feel good story. Only god knows why Uggla is on that team. I feel bad for guys like Prado and Bourn who play their hearts out and aren’t recognized while others get it because of name status.

BravesfaninWis

July 5th, 2012
9:11 pm

Also, if the Braves are still believing they are playoff bound and decide to get a starting pitcher, say no to Matt Garza. We already have starting pitchers who walk people, give up homeruns, and give up lots of runs, their names are Delgado and Minor.

Brandon

July 5th, 2012
9:23 pm

BravesfaninWis – starting 3b pablo sandoval and chipper’s numbers are very similar

panda has .313avg .877ops and 7 homers in 194 plate appearances
chipper has .317avg .877ops and 6 homers in 189 plate appearances

if there is no problem with panda playing in the All Star game, then there should definitely be no problem with chipper in there. Of course david wright should also be in there though.

prado and bourn definitely should be in.

uggla got lucky because he was performing better than all the 2nd basemen when the voting started.

Art

July 5th, 2012
9:23 pm

Anyone know why Teheran was pulled after 2 innings in his start tonite.

Del

July 5th, 2012
9:24 pm

Better get Minor out of there NOW. I’d hate to see them blow this lead.

Hmmmmmmm

July 5th, 2012
9:27 pm

I have NO idea, how Bourn doesn’t make the All Star team…. I mean he is really the only true All Star we have, besides Chipper…..

IceColdATLien

July 5th, 2012
9:30 pm

Art, a lot of times right before the AS break managers will run a couple of starters out there to keep ‘em sharp so they aren’t sitting for 8-9 days without pitching at game-level… but that’s just a guess.

Art

July 5th, 2012
9:31 pm

I was just wondering if there is a trade happening.

IceColdATLien

July 5th, 2012
9:32 pm

A hidden bonus of all the Bravos fans supporting Bourn like that is to convince him that this is a great place to play (he’s a FA after this year). Don’t discount how important fan support is to a player. Don’t get me wrong, he’ll probably go to another team that offers him significantly more than ATL but, if the offers are more or less the same, then this might be the type of thing that swings his decision.

IceColdATLien

July 5th, 2012
9:32 pm

A hidden bonus of all the Bravos fans supporting Bourn like that is to convince him that this is a great place to play (he’s a FA after this year). Don’t discount how important fan support is to a player. Don’t get me wrong, he’ll probably go to another team that offers him significantly more than ATL but, if the offers are more or less the same, then this might be the type of thing that swings his decision.

IceColdATLien

July 5th, 2012
9:34 pm

sorry bout the repeat post

JK

July 5th, 2012
9:35 pm

David Wright should be the starter and Chipper should be backup. Pablo shouldn’t have even been voted in. Bourn should have gotten the fan vote.

Idiots

July 5th, 2012
9:40 pm

lol @ shelfish

RaleighDawg

July 5th, 2012
9:40 pm

@Selfish – you’re spot on. Just the lastest example in very long list of classless and selfish moves by Chipper.

tj

July 5th, 2012
9:47 pm

No doubt about it, Bourne is an all star this year and a class ball player. Hope the Braves can keep him through next year.. Uggla is just not getting it done since he was traded to the Braves and needs to go. I look for McCann to have a great second half of the season where he will help guide them to the playoofs.

IceColdATLien

July 5th, 2012
9:51 pm

I’m not sure if a player can quit the All-Star team and then decide who takes his place.

And if Chip did give up the AS berth he had just gotten, you Chipper-Haters would say “what a punk! What kind of ungrateful classless player gives up an AS spot when he’s not even hurt? He just doesn’t respect the honor he was given, so he’s just worthless.”

Y’all gonna find something to hate on him regardless of what he does and, if you’re a Braves fan, it shows how classless you are for not respecting what he’s meant to the organization over all these years (not to mention his impact this year). And if y’all aren’t ATL fans, then stop embarassing yourselves by posting on a Braves blog.

Skeezix

July 5th, 2012
10:09 pm

I hate it that Bourn didn’t get voted in. What a joke the all star game has become when Uggla gets in and Bourn doesn’t. Prado should be in also.

Brave Decisions

July 5th, 2012
10:11 pm

tjhook

July 5th, 2012
10:28 pm

So is Dan Uggla’s contract as untradeable as Joe Johnson’s? Uggla has great attitude, but I’m missing Infante. Maybe we will appreciate his bat more once Chipper is gone . . . but not if he keeps whiffing on pitches.

bird

July 5th, 2012
11:00 pm

That Bourn is one classy dude. I hope the Braves are able to keep him around long term.

Cory

July 5th, 2012
11:10 pm

Yeah right. Would you if you were Chipper? I doubt you’d be all high and mighty if you had the career he had and was playing in your last year. By the way, guy’s can’t step aside and pick their replacement, idiot.

P-Man

July 5th, 2012
11:19 pm

You know, if Chipper backs out, he doesn’t get to pick his replacement. The manager does. So, actually, it would be kind of stupid (and classLESS) of Chipper to back out after people bent over backward to get him there.

EOF'ed Up

July 5th, 2012
11:42 pm

Heyward blasted that HR today!! Great job yet again. This guy is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite Braves. He has pop 2nd to none and hammers with authority when he gets ahold of pitches like that, its a beautiful thing to watch. So happy that he quit hitting so many ground balls, it would appear that the new hitting staff has corrected this habit.

We should expect nothing but great things from Mr. Heyward here in Atlanta for a very long time if he keeps this up.

CC

July 5th, 2012
11:58 pm

Not only does Uggla have no business being an AllStar — he’s heading toward the Mendoza line at a rapid pace. Rarely puts wood on the ball… and IMO has no business playing at the major league level right now.

Hey Uggy — will ya just quit with the MIGHTY swings and please make some contact. How about some foul balls, even. And use your time in the batting cage practicing poking some hits with half a swing.

You’re making us angry. Maybe we don’t even like you any more. Do you have a baseball IQ — or any IQ? Do you know how to make adjustments?

When is your contract up?

Oh — forget it!!

YoungerThan ThatNow

July 6th, 2012
12:04 am

Shelfish… first of all, whatever money you spend on your computer and internet access, you need to take that money and see if you can get some 3rd grade spelling tutors! Your post not only shows your ignorance about baseball, but it shows your vast ignorance in basic spelling.

A player who has been voted in or selected to play in the All-Star game doesn’t have the authority to back out of the game and name his own replacement. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. If Chipper (or Chiper, as you spell it) were to back out of participating in the game, the NL manager Tony LaRussa would pick his replacement. So, that wouldn’t guarantee that Bourne (or Borne, as you spell it) would have a place (or palce) on the All-Star roster, or the All-Star rooster, regardless of how great (or grate) a guy Chipper (Chiper) may be!

((I’ll go ahead and apologize to my fellow bloggers for this post… but I stood it as long as I could.))

Shelfish Chipper need 2 retrie now!

July 6th, 2012
7:02 am

U dont like what i say then tuff no need 2 inslut me with names. We all no Chipper is shelfish and does not desreve 2 be in the all star game.

Shelfish Chipper need 2 retrie now!

July 6th, 2012
7:05 am

@ Raleigh dawg

Thanx 4 the suprott!

Kotex

July 6th, 2012
7:59 am

shelfish, ??, a crab? or shrimp?? and it’s shellfish, or are you saying selfish? hey younger….is that rooster like a chicken or roster?? lol at yall, i dont b spelin that gud ether. lol

Wutehvah

July 6th, 2012
8:00 am

Bourn should have replaced Kemp. LaRussa is a boob

DrJones10

July 6th, 2012
8:27 am

LIke him or not, Larussa is no dummy. IMO, he took a calculated risk that paid off for him and the Cardinals. Had he picked Bourn to replace Kemp, Chipper would have been voted in. But by picking Chipper, he made himself appear magnanimous while simultaneously paving the way for his boy Freeze without looking like a total homer.

Marc Schneider

July 6th, 2012
8:52 am

“If Chiper was truely the grate guy U all say he is he would step aside and let Borne take his palce on the all star rooster.”

Where did you learn how to spell? Oh, right, you didn’t.

Brava

July 6th, 2012
9:03 am

LIke him or not, Larussa is no dummy. IMO, he took a calculated risk that paid off for him and the Cardinals. Had he picked Bourn to replace Kemp, Chipper would have been voted in. But by picking Chipper, he made himself appear magnanimous while simultaneously paving the way for his boy Freeze without looking like a total homer.

Exactly. LaRussa pulled off quite a stunt to get Freese into the game when Bourn was much more deserving.

Wutehvah

July 6th, 2012
9:09 am

Freese is a great player, but it would have made more sense to replace Kemp with another OF – Bourn deserved that shot. How many 3B are needed?? Anyway, lets go NL!!

nick p.

July 6th, 2012
10:13 am

saying chipper should retire now is stupid, he is hitting .310, and went 5 for 5 the other day, if you want that out of your line up then you are truly a moron of high degrees!

nick p.

July 6th, 2012
10:15 am

selfish, btw, you dont like being called a moron, log off and go back under your rock!

nick p.

July 6th, 2012
10:18 am

let me guess you are black and hoping that black player made it in instead of the white player, did i get your logic correct? moron!

Patrick

July 6th, 2012
10:28 am

Shelfish Chipper need 2 retrie now!

Pardon my language but screw you dude!
It is Chipper’s final season before retirement, he belongs there. I believe that he should have earned a spot without having to go on the final vote. But nonetheless, a future Hall of Famer deserves this. Also, he has put up great number this season, despite all of his injuries.

If you wanted Bourn in the game so badly, you should have voted more.

John A.

July 6th, 2012
10:41 am

Let’s see just how much he appreciates the support come contract timr.

Buddy Carlyle

July 6th, 2012
11:04 am

Uggla, not Chipper should give his spot to Bourn. Bourn will not re sign because we won’t pay him. Tehran has an impingement! We won’t re sign Bourn, but next year we will re sign McOut to a lucrative deal!

M Bourn

July 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

Just remember who my agent is come contract time. I appreciate the ATL fans, but I want big $, and to play for a winner. That disqualifies the Braves. I think Nate McClouth may be available!

Braves in last palce by the all star brake

July 6th, 2012
12:36 pm

U all dont no nuttin.

Chiper should not of have been named 2 the all start team 2 begin with. I agree with others that he shoud step a side and let Borne take his palce.

REAGAN2012

July 6th, 2012
2:02 pm

GET THEM A PITCHER WHO AINT SIGNED FOR TOO LONG CUZ FREDI WILL HURT THEIR ARMS START LEAVING TH EBALLS HIG

Chipmunk

July 6th, 2012
2:13 pm

Bourne and Kimbrell are the only all stars on the Braves team.

Carl Farvman

July 6th, 2012
3:57 pm

“Exactly. LaRussa pulled off quite a stunt to get Freese into the game when Bourn was much more deserving.”

Yeah, he did what just about any manager would do given Freese helped Tony in a huge way go out with another WS title and as LCS and WS MVP. If we’re advocating Chipper getting in from past years performance, then I suppose it’s not too far out there to think that the Cards hero from last year gets in, as well. As a rookie he’s got the same # of rings Chipper has after 20 years in the bigs….and he played a huge role in getting the ring..not just one of the guys.

Columbus

July 6th, 2012
5:04 pm

I thought David Wright was not having that good of a year? Certainly NOT an all-star year…part-time. His nmbers are as good as the starting NL 3rd baseman. Chipper had good numbers and only played part time and his numbrs are as good as the starting nl 3rd baseman. Dont be saying Chipper only made it because he is retiring. he ALSO made it last year as he was at the top of the Braves with RBI’s and NL in OBP and runs scored….

Bourn should absolutely be there. Prado likely also. NOT advocating Chipper for past years. His numbers are good as the starting NL 3rd baseman THIS year……

Columbus

July 6th, 2012
5:05 pm

Braves have a lot of money freed up next year and just might resign Bourn if Bourn wants to stay in ATL, it might happen….unless Chipper decides to play another year….

http://www.jinyuidc.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=10682371&fromuid=191174

October 5th, 2013
11:05 am

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