NEW YORK -- The Marlins and their media relations staff hit the social network scene hard Thursday afternoon begging fans to help third baseman Casey McGehee rally and win the fan vote for the final spot on the National League All-Star team.
But alas, the #VoteHitsMcGehee tweets weren't enough. McGehee, who came into the day trailing heavily among the five players picked for the final vote, didn't get the nod.
The final spots on the 34-man All-Star rosters for each league went to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (8.8 million votes) and White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (6.7 million votes). Rizzo attended Douglas High in Broward County. Sale grew up in Lakeland, Fla. and attended Florida Gulf Coast University.
According to MLB.com, over the final six hours of voting up until 4 p.m., tweets using the designated hashtag of each candidate were counted as part of each player's final vote tally. Balloting had begun Sunday night with the presentation of the five nominees per league by All-Star managers John Farrell of the Red Sox and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals.
According to MLB.com's voting map, which actually color-coded every county in the country and awarded it based on the votes received there, Morneau earned an overwhelming 68.6 percent of the tweet vote nationally. McGehee finished fourth in the NL in the tweet vote with 4.9 percent.
McGehee, who leads the NL in hits and average with runners in scoring position, could still make the All-Star team as an injury replacement.