Reynolds in need of Final Vote support
Despite multitude of sources helping, slugger trails in voting
PHOENIX -- Mark Reynolds smiled and chuckled when the question was asked.
"No comment," the slugger said when asked how many times he had voted for himself in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.
Reynolds is battling Cristian Guzman (Nationals), Matt Kemp (Dodgers), Pablo Sandoval (Giants) and Shane Victorino (Phillies) for the honor. In voting results announced Monday, just one day after the voting began, Sandoval had a narrow lead over the rest of the field.
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. Fans can vote on MLB.com and club sites such as dbacks.com until 1 p.m. MST on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
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.
Reynolds is hoping to join teammates Dan Haren and Justin Upton, who were both chosen for the All-Star Game Sunday.
While it seemed like Reynolds voted a few times for himself, he said he had received calls and text messages from fans and family that said they were voting for him.
The D-backs are going all out to try and get Reynolds to St. Louis. The club has used Facebook and Twitter to try and reach its fan base.
Employees were asked to vote during the day and to ask their friends and family to do the same.
Meanwhile, television play-by-play man Daron Sutton was working the airwaves in support of Reynolds. Sutton made an appearance on former D-backs broadcaster Jim Traber's show based out of Oklahoma. Traber endorsed Reynolds on the air, which is interesting since Kemp is from Midwest City, Okla.
"He said he was endorsing him instead of Kemp because we called him and the Dodgers didn't," Sutton said.
Sutton also appeared on radio in Milwaukee and talked his former broadcast partner for the Brewers, Bill Schroeder, into supporting Reynolds on the Brewers' telecasts. In addition, Sutton worked out a deal with Angels broadcaster Rex Hudler. Under the terms of the agreement, Sutton will endorse the candidacy of Chone Figgins on the air while Hudler will do likewise for Reynolds.
Tuesday will be referred to as "Super Tuesday" at Chase Field, a play on the date during the presidential primary election season when a large number of primaries and caucuses are held.
A youngster will be selected at random when entering the ballpark, and while his family's tickets will be upgraded, he or she will spend the game in the television broadcast booth and will be provided a laptop to vote for Reynolds throughout the game. The team will keep a running tally as to how many votes are cast during that time.
In addition, the D-backs contacted the mayor's office in Virginia Beach, Va., which agreed to declare Tuesday "Vote For Mark Reynolds Day" in honor of the University of Virginia alum.
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 6 p.m. MST. 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.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.