Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese got the final positions on the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star rosters after they won the most votes from fans.
Darvish, 25, who is pitching his first season in the U.S. after coming from the Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, got more votes than Chicago’s Jake Peavy, Baltimore’s Jason Hammel, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and the Angels’ Ernesto Frieri in the fan voting.
“I feel very good,” Darvish told reporters yesterday through an interpreter. “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, 29, last year’s World Series Most Valuable Player, bested Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn, Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper and Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill for the final spot on the National League team.
“I’m thrilled,” Freese told reporters last night. “Unbelievable support from friends, family and Cardinals fans.”
The All-Star Game will be held July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
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