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.
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.