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Brett Gardner isn’t interested in gimmicks for the AL Final Vote

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner hits an RBI single in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, June 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK — The brainstorming sessions started in the Yankees’ offices shortly after Brett Gardner was named as one of the five candidates for the American League Final Vote on Tuesday, with officials tossing around some creative ways in which the outfielder could campaign for a ticket to Cincinnati.

Gardner had a front-row seat to watch Nick Swisher’s over-the-top push to the All-Star Game in 2010, and though it was ultimately successful, it’s also not a recipe to fit all personalities. Gardner would prefer to let his numbers do the talking as he looks for his first career All-Star selection.

“You guys know me. I’m more of a low-key guy,” Gardner said. “I know the team’s going to do their part and hopefully some of my teammates step up. I don’t even have a Twitter account. I know they’re going to try to get me some votes. I’m going to focus on playing, helping us win games, and we’ll see how it turns out on Friday.”

Gardner hopes to join Swisher and Hideki Matsui (2004) among Yankees players who have made it to the All-Star Game via the Final Vote ballot. He has been given the Twitter hashtag #VoteGardy, but for now, the promotional rubber bald caps – just one of the team’s rejected ideas to pump the vote – will remain in storage.

Gimmicks may not be necessary. The 31-year-old Gardner is tied for third in the Majors with 60 runs cored, ranks fourth in the AL with 15 steals, is tied for fifth with 21 doubles and ranks ninth with a .373 on-base percentage. Entering play on Tuesday, he was the only AL player batting at least .295 with nine homers and 15 steals.

“I voted last night,” Yanks’ All-Star reliever Dellin Betances said. “Whatever we’ve got to do to get him in, he’s done a hell of a job. Obviously Jacoby (Ellsbury) went down for a while and he’s been in the leadoff spot doing everything he can, playing every day, stealing bases, robbing base hits, starting things up for the rest of the lineup. He’s done it all. I think we’ve got to get him in somehow.”

“I hope the New York fans come out. I would love to see Gardy make it,” Yanks’ All-Star first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “It would be really cool to have him with me there, and with Dellin, to represent the Yankees. So hopefully Yankee fans will come out to support him.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he believes Gardner is a deserving All-Star, and that it is “refreshing” to see his on-field performance to comprise his entire candidacy.

“This is a guy that wants nothing to do with self-promoting himself, making the All-Star team,” Girardi said. “He’s not going to be a part of a campaign, he’s just going to go out and play; go out and help us try to win.”

Some were surprised that Gardner was in a situation where he needed to lobby for more votes – his numbers compare favorably to the AL’s starting left fielder, Alex Gordon of the Royals. Gardner said that he hopes the Yankees’ widespread fan base and the New York media spotlight will help his cause.

“I do play for the Yankees. That’s got to count for something, right?” Gardner said. “That’s just the way I want it and like it, and is kind of the way I’ve always been. I’m not going to change who I am for this Final Vote deal for these couple days.

“I’m just happy; honored to be a part of it, happy to be mentioned alongside all these great players. If it works out I’d obviously enjoy going to Cincinnati next week and being a part of it.”

David Robertson on Final Vote: “Second place is good, but we want to win”

David RobertsonDavid Robertson never got around to making any travel or vacation plans for his All-Star break, instead committing one of his free days to appear in a charity golf tournament benefiting victims of last year’s Hurricane Sandy.

Since Robertson is already going to be in the New York area, it’d be no problem for him to join Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano with the rest of the All-Stars at Citi Field on July 16, and so he’d love to continue building on a strong start in the Final Vote campaign.

Robertson jumped to second place in the AL on Tuesday, trailing only the Blue Jays’ Steve Delabar, and fans have until Thursday to help Robertson make up that ground and punch a ticket for what would be his second career All-Star game.

“Second place is good, but we want to win. I want to go to the All-Star Game,” Robertson said. “I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of support. I can’t say enough about what my teammates have done and the staff here with the Yankees. They’re giving me every opportunity to get on the radio and try to spread the word to hopefully swing a few more votes.”

Robertson said that he wants to urge fans to go to to cast their votes. He has been trending on Twitter with the hashtag #HighSocksForVotes, and he appreciates that, but it is important to note that tweets will only count as votes between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Right now, the best way to vote for Robertson is to go to Robertson is listed with Delabar, Koji Uehara of the Red Sox, Joaquin Benoit of the Tigers and Tanner Scheppers of the Rangers.

“Right now, if you’re a Yankees fan and want to see me go to the All-Star Game, go to and vote for David Robertson as many times as you want,” Robertson said.

Here’s what you need to know —

Nick Swisher is an All-Star

Thumbnail image for sendswish.JPGThe last Final Vote ballots have been counted, and they all add up to one thing — Nick Swisher is an American League All-Star for the first time in his career.

Here’s the official press release:
Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees and Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds were chosen by fans as the winners of the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint in online balloting voting exclusively on, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club sites.

On the American League ballot, Swisher held off Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox in the closest race in the nine-year history of the All-Star Final Vote to claim the final spot on the All-Star roster with a final tally of 9.8 million votes. Swisher and Youkilis were followed by Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox; Michael Young of the Texas Rangers; and Delmon Young of the Minnesota Twins.

The National League winner, Votto, led all vote-getters with 13.7 million en route to becoming the first Reds player to win the All-Star Final Vote. He was followed by Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals; Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies; and Billy Wagner of the Atlanta Braves. San Diego Padres pitcher Heath Bell was removed from the NL ballot after he was named to the All-Star Team as a replacement for Yovani Gallardo of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Baseball fans and Clubs alike feverishly supported the 10 candidates named by All-Star managers Joe Girardi and Charlie Manuel during the four days of balloting, particularly through their use of’s All-Star Campaign Manager program, in which nearly 150,000 fans participated and tallied points for their favorite players, and by forming joint alliances, such as Reds-Red Sox (1975 World Series), Nationals and Rangers (Third Base Ticket) and Rox and (White) Sox, ultimately leading to more than 52 million votes being cast.

Previous winners of the All-Star Game Final Vote were: Brandon Inge (AL, 2009), Shane Victorino (NL, 2009); Evan Longoria (AL, 2008); Corey Hart (NL, 2008), Hideki Okajima (AL, 2007); Chris Young (NL, 2007); A.J. Pierzynski (AL, 2006); Nomar Garciaparra (NL, 2006); Scott Podsednik (AL, 2005); Roy Oswalt (NL, 2005); Hideki Matsui (AL, 2004); Bobby Abreu (NL, 2004); Jason Varitek (AL, 2003); Geoff Jenkins (NL, 2003); Johnny Damon (AL, 2002); and Andruw Jones (NL, 2002).


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