Creative campaigning for the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint (#FinalVote) has spurred fan and teammate support of the 10 candidates, including Orioles center fielder Adam Jones.
The Orioles announced plans for a giveaway to help fuel votes the 25-year-old Jones, who was an American League All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner in 2009, and entered play on Monday with 13 homers and 46 RBIs. By selecting Jones as the 2011 Final Vote choice between 1:01 p.m. ET on Sunday and 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, fans will be entered into the "2011 Vote Jones All-Star Game Final Vote Sweepstakes." The winner will receive an Adam Jones VIP meet-and-greet, parking and four field box seat tickets to an Orioles non-prime home game this season.
Jones is one of baseball's most popular players on Twitter, and the O's are also encouraging fans to help spread the word on the social media site with the hashtag #VoteAdam. Several players -- including pitcher Jeremy Guthrie -- have taken to their personal accounts to help drum up support.
There have been more than 10 million votes in the opening 24 hours of online balloting, available exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual club websites. With three days remaining until the balloting concludes, five players have received more than 1 million online votes, and Jones is ranked fourth out of five AL players after Day 1.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix. It will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. 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.
If Jones is elected, it would mark the first time since 2005 -- and just the second time in the last 11 years -- that the Orioles have more than one All-Star.
"It'd be huge," All-Star selection Matt Wieters said of the possibility of having Jones represent the Orioles with him.
"I'd love to have a guy, especially a guy like Jonesie, who's been there before, to sort of show me around. I'm going to try to get as many people to vote for him as I can. He's got incredible numbers this first half, and I'd love to have him out there with me."
Mobile voting in the U.S. and Canada is open to everyone. In the U.S., to receive the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 89269 (Example: Text "A2" to vote for Jones). In Canada, fans should text their choices to 65246. Standard message and data rates may apply.
The fun doesn't end there, however. 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 Chevy via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.
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 10-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 9-19. 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 11 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.