Royals encourage fans to “VOTE BROXTON” for All-Star Game

The Royals are calling on fans to vote for Jonathan Broxton in the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Firestone.  The Royals pitcher is one of five American League players vying for the final roster spot on the A.L. All-Star team, which will face off against the National League All-Stars at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10.

Royals fans can cast an unlimited numbers of votes for Broxton both online and via text.  Voting ends Thursday, July 5 at 3 p.m. 

The big right-hander has a 1-1 record with a 2.05 ERA and 20 saves, fourth-most in the American League.  The 2012 campaign marks his third career 20-save season (also 2009 and 2010).  Broxton leads the A.L. with 19 saves since April 26 and recorded his 100th career save on June 15 at St. Louis, becoming the 21st active pitcher with at least 100 saves and the second Royal (also Joakim Soria, 160).

VOTE ONLINE

Visit www.royals.com/votebroxton to place your vote for Broxton and receive a 50% OFF discount in the Hy-Vee Infield seating sections for any Sunday-Thursday home game for the remainder of the 2012 season.

VOTE FROM YOUR PHONE

In addition to the web, fans can use their mobile phones to cast votes via the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message.  Vote for Broxton on your mobile device by texting A1 to 89269.  For mobile voting in Canada, fans should text A1 to 65246. Message and data rates may apply.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT THROUGH FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Fans may use the Twitter hashtag #VoteBroxton to spread the word and show your support for Broxton. 

VOTE BROXTON & BRAVES!

The Royals have joined forces with the Atlanta Braves in an All-Star Game Final Vote push.  Royals fans are encouraged to vote for third baseman Chipper Jones and outfielder Michael Bourn to fill the remaining National League roster spot with an Atlanta Brave by visiting www.mlb.com/vote

Jones, a seven-time All-Star who has announced plans to retire following the 2012 season, has played in every Major League city during his illustrious career except for Kansas City.  It would be a fitting tribute to have Jones make his final All-Star appearance at Kauffman Stadium. 

Bourn, a speedy outfielder in his first full season with the Braves, won consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in 2009 and 2010 and represented the Houston Astros as a National League All-Star in 2010.  He has also led the N.L. in stolen bases in each of the last three seasons.

In return, Braves fans are encouraged to vote for Broxton, a Georgia native.  

Broxton is competing with four other right-handed pitchers – Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, Ernesto Frieri from the Los Angeles Angels, Jason Hammel from the Baltimore Orioles and Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox – for the final roster spot.

The winner, chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced on MLB.com shortly after voting concludes on Thursday.

Fans participating in the Final Vote will also enjoy a special offer from MLB.TV.  Voters who are not currently subscribed to MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium will be offered the opportunity to receive up to 14 days of 2012 MLB.TV from Friday, July 6 to Friday, July 20.  Current subscribers will receive a 15 percent discount to the MLB.com Shop.  MLB.com will send an email on Friday to all eligible Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem to applicable offer.

 

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