The campaign to get Royals left fielder Alex Gordon to the All-Star Game through the Final Vote election culminates Thursday when the online-balloting process ends at 3 p.m. Gordon remained third in the balloting in the latest update from Major League Baseball, which inexplicably refuses to release vote totals. That not only raises integrity issues; it also creates uncertainty for all concerned. The Royals are, nonetheless, seeking to mount a closing push for Gordon in the closing hours in an effort to overtake Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko and Detroit catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez for the final spot on the American League roster. Several teammates are pushing Gordon's candidacy through the social media, and Gordon planned to make at least one campaign appearance Wednesday night at a local watering hole after the Royals arrived back in Kansas City. "My wife came up with that," he said. "She's been coming up with great ideas, and she's been voting 24-7, I think. She says she should be my agent right now." Gordon expressed appreciation for all efforts on his behalf. "Guys in here have been supporting me," he said, "but I think the biggest guy with the support is Ned (Yost). He's been unbelievable. Every time I see him, he tells me, `I've been voting. I've been voting.' And he keeps telling guys to vote, too." Yost issued another plea for fans to support Gordon prior to Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the White Sox . "Nonstop voting is very important," he said. "We don't know how close this thing is, and it can be turned in the last day."
Final Vote push for Alex Gordon enters its final hours
Kansas City Star | Jul 7