"There's three and a half days left -- punch your fingers away," said Ethier. "There's East Coast bias out there, so this is a chance for us West Coasters to overcome it. If we need added incentive, there it is, to put a Dodger in the All-Star Game."
The Dodgers are hoping to give Ethier the boost he needs in the balloting that ends Thursday through an alliance with their Camelback Ranch Spring Training partners, the Chicago White Sox.
The clubs are cross-promoting the candidacies of Ethier and former Dodgers property, Paul Konerko, the White Sox Final Vote finalist who leads the other four candidates for the American League roster spot after one day. Ethier and Konerko are Phoenix natives with a chance to participate in a hometown All-Star Game, to be held July 12 at Chase Field.
Now in its 10th year, the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell and continues until 1 p.m. PT on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Mobile voting in the U.S. and Canada is open to everyone. In the U.S., to receive the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 89269 (Example: Text "N1" to vote for Ethier). In Canada, fans should text their choices to 65246. Standard message and data rates may apply.
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 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. PT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
There will be an extra treat for fans who participate in the Final Vote. If you are not a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you are eligible to receive a 10-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 9-19. If you are a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on Friday to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.
Todd Helton, Mike Morse and Ian Kennedy trail Ethier, who is seeking his second consecutive All-Star appearance after being voted into the starting lineup last year. Ethier would be joining teammates Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, who are already on the NL squad.
Dodgers management is hoping to take advantage of a larger Dodger Stadium crowd at Monday night's traditional July 4 fireworks show, as well as including a push for Ethier votes in promotions for the Ethier bobblehead giveaway Thursday night. The Dodgers will run promotional videos for voters on the DiamondVision during games, are peppering promos through Twitter and Facebook accounts urging fans to vote for Ethier and Konerko and were considering using an Ethier bobblehead in a "political" ad.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, 'Dre is right there' with Kemp as far as All-Star worthy, but that he hadn't yet logged on to vote for him.
"I will, right after B.P.," said Mattingly. "I'll get tossed early, vote for Andre."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less