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Yu Darvish, David Freese Win MLB All-Star Game’s Final Vote


The fans have spoken.  Yu Darvish and David Freese will be the final editions to the American League and

National League All-Star roster.  The final vote is a relatively new process for MLB, but fans have embraced it. According to MLB.com, Darvish received 7.3 million votes and Freese, 2011 World Series MVP, received 8.4 million votes.

With Darvish’s addition, the Rangers now have eight representatives in the All-Star Game, the most of any team.  In his first year of Major League ball, Darvish is 10-5 with a 3.69 ERA.  He has adjusted well in his transition from the Japanese game to the American game.  He is striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings.

"“If I am available to pitch and if I do get in the game, I’d like to display the best performance I can for the fans to enjoy. Do I still think I’m worthy or not? Personally I voted for Peavy.”"

Freese had a a phenomenal 2011 postseason.  In 18 games, Freese hit .397/.465/.794.  He clubbed 5 him runs and drove in 21 runs.  He took home the World Series MVP after putting up an 1.160 OPS and driving in seven runs.  The 29-year old Missouri local has a career .294/.348/.444 line.  This season, he’s hitting .285/.333/.475 with 13 singers.

"“I feel very good,” Darvish said after the Rangers’ 2-1 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. “I know the way that I got selected was a vote by the fans so I appreciate all the fans who voted for me. I’m looking forward to it.”"

Freese will surely get quite a bit of attention Tuesday at the All-Star game.  He went to high school just 230 miles from Kansas City in Lafayette, Missouri.  Darvish attracts attention everywhere he goes.  They should be quite the show should they get into the game.