The 2013 MLB All-Star Game is now less than a week away, but fans are still voting in droves for the final two spots in the Midsummer Classic. Headed into Wednesday, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman leads the Final Vote tally for the National League, while Toronto Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar is in front in the American League, reports Alyson Footer of MLB.com.
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Freeman's place ahead of the pack is a bit of a surprise, as many thought that Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig -- who has had one of the best starts to a big-league career in MLB history -- would run away with the vote. But here we are just a day away from the virtual ballot boxes closing, and Puig sits in second place behind Freeman.
Yankees reliever David Robertson is in second place in the AL tally -- wholly a bullpen arm affair -- but the distance between him and the third and fourth place vote-getters -- Koji Uehara and Joaquin Benoit -- is only 180,000 votes, so the race in the junior circuit appears to be anybody's game.
More than 33.2 million votes had been cast by Tuesday morning, and many more are expected between now and Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Fans can vote by filling out a ballot on MLB.com or by using the special Twitter hashtags (i.e. #VotePuig) designed for their favorite candidates.