Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Toronto Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar were voted into the Major League Baseball All-Star Game as rosters were completed for the contest next week in New York.
Freeman earned the final National League spot ahead of Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, who had hit .394 with eight home runs and 27 runs scored in 35 games since being called up last month. No player has ever appeared on an All-Star roster having played fewer than 40 MLB games.
Fans determined the “Final Vote” by casting ballots online, through text message and on Twitter. The All-Star Game is July 16 at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens.
Puig, 22, finished second in NL voting, followed by San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dave Robertson was second in the American League voting, followed by relievers Joaquin Benoit of the Detroit Tigers, Koji Uehara of the Boston Red Sox and Tanner Scheppers of the Texas Rangers.
Freeman, 23, went 3-for-4 last night in Atlanta’s 6-5 win against the Cincinnati Reds and is hitting .313 with nine home runs and 60 runs batted in this season. Delabar, 29, is 5-1 with a 1.74 earned run average and 57 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings.
Baseball also announced yesterday that Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore will replace Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish on the AL roster. Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his back.
-- Editor: Rob Gloster