Hey now, you're an All Star!
After 72 hours of non-stop voting, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was named to his first ever All-Star Game selection as the winner of MLB's Final Vote contest.
The results were announced live on MLB Tonight and Turner was named the representative for the National League with a record 20.8 million votes, shattering the previous record held by Freddie Freeman with 19.7 million in 2013.
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was the winner in the American League. Moustakas also won the Final Vote contest in 2015, his first All-Star Game appearance.
Fans were able to vote online, through text, and on Twitter using the hashtag, #VoteJT. Dodgers' super fans, Pantone 294, voted around the clock at Dodger Stadium in a room set up by the Dodgers.
The room was known throughout the week as "Justin Turner All-Star Game Voting Headquarters," and featured over 20 Pantone 294 members voting in shifts on computers around the clock until voting ended at 1:00PM PST on Thursday afternoon.
"I'll be forever grateful to the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans for what they did for me this week," Turner said in the dugout after the announcement was made.
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In addition to his teammates, Turner received the support of celebrities and other SoCal based sports teams like the Rams, Clippers and Kings.
Turner leads the National League in batting average (.384) and on-base percentage (.473), and OPS (1.042).
Here were the final vote standings per MLB.com.
- Mike Moustaks, KC
- Xander Bogaerts, BOS
- Didi Gregorius, NYY
- Elvis Andrus, TEX
- Logan Morrison, TB
- Justin Turner, LAD
- Kris Bryant, CHI
- Anthony Rendon, WSH
- Mark Reynolds, COL
- Justin Bour, MIA