Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino and Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were the winners of the MLB Final Vote, and they will each make the All-Star team for their respective leagues.
Victorino beat out Mike Morse, Ian Kennedy, Andre Ethier, and Todd Helton for the honors. Victorino is having one of his best seasons in the majors, hitting .303/.376/.524 with nine home runs and 13 steals. That, combined with his Gold Glove-winning defense, has made him one of the more valuable players in the majors this season. He might not get to play in the All-Star game, though, as a sprained thumb could put him on the disabled list before the game. If Victorino were unable to attend, there might be a chance for Andrew McCutchen to make the team, which would mitigate the WAR crime of leaving him off.
Konerko was voted in ahead of Victor Martinez, Alex Gordon, Adam Jones, and Ben Zobrist. Konerko is repeating his MVP-caliber season from last year, hitting .319/.389/.572 with 22 home runs. In a related story, Jeff Shaw is unlikely to participate in this year's All-Star Game.
From MLB.com, here's a list of previous winners of the Final Vote:
Nick Swisher (AL, 2010); Joey Votto (NL, 2010)
Brandon Inge (AL, 2009), Shane Victorino (NL, 2009)
Evan Longoria (AL, 2008); Corey Hart (NL, 2008)
Hideki Okajima (AL, 2007); Chris Young (NL, 2007)
A.J. Pierzynski (AL, 2006); Nomar Garciaparra (NL, 2006)
Scott Podsednik (AL, 2005); Roy Oswalt (NL, 2005)
Hideki Matsui (AL, 2004); Bobby Abreu (NL, 2004)
Jason Varitek (AL, 2003); Geoff Jenkins (NL, 2003)
Johnny Damon (AL, 2002); Andruw Jones (NL, 2002)