Time running out for LA fans to help Kemp
Balloting for Final Vote ends today at 1 p.m. PT
NEW YORK -- Only hours remain for Matt Kemp fans to show their support and vote for the Dodgers outfielder, who is one of five finalists in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.
As of Thursday afternoon, Kemp was in fourth place for the last spot on the National League roster, trailing Shane Victorino of Philadelphia, Pablo Sandoval of San Francisco and Mark Reynolds of Arizona, with Cristian Guzman of Washington trailing.
The Dodgers had Kemp lead off the pregame show for the telecast of Wednesday night's Dodgers-Mets game, in addition to the ongoing menu of promotions attempting to encourage voting for their center fielder.
Those include: Fans that vote for Kemp at www.dodgers.com/vote are automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win an autographed Kemp bobblehead. Fans can vote an unlimited number of times. To make sure you get a Kemp bobblehead, the first 50,000 fans to the game on Aug. 19 against the Cardinals will receive a non-autographed Kemp bobblehead.
The club also created a Facebook group called "I Voted for Matt Kemp" that has spread to the 70,000 friends the Dodgers have on their site. Daily e-blasts have been sent by the club to its registered site users to update fans on Kemp's progress and encourage them to continue to vote and spread the word to family and friends. Digital billboards throughout Southern California are encouraging votes for Kemp. And there's cross-promotion with the Angels on both sites to "Vote SoCal," teaming Angels candidate Chone Figgins with Kemp.
The club also is being assisted by its media partners -- Prime Ticket, KCAL, KABC AM and KHJ-9 -- to spread the word as much as possible in the pregame shows and throughout their various programming.
Now in its eighth year, the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began on MLB.com immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show presented by Pepsi and continues until 1 p.m. PT on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Balloting remains ahead of last year's record pace as 34.3 million votes have been cast exclusively on MLB.com and the individual club sites.
Mobile voting in the U.S. is exclusive to Sprint, Nextel and Boost subscribers. To receive the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote mobile ballot text the word "VOTE" to 1122. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 1122. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Standard rate messaging fees also may apply; check with your carrier. Mobile voting in Canada is open to all carriers; fans should text their choices to 88555.
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 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.