Victorino Makes His Case
Shane Victorino has been knocking on doors (literally) and kissing babies (not literally) since he became one of five Final Vote candidates for the final roster spot on the National League all-star team.
Fans can vote at MLB.com until 4 p.m. Thursday.
Here is my bold prediction: Cristian Guzman will not win.
The race is between Victorino and Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. They apparently have exchanged leads a couple times the past few days.
UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): Victorino leads Sandoval with a little more than four hours to go.
But Victorino made a strong case for himself with a game winning hit in the ninth inning tonight against the Reds.
“Is this meant to happen?” Victorino said.
We’ll find out Thursday. But even if he loses to Sandoval, he has a good chance at making the team.
Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran will not play in the All-Star Game because of an injury. If Beltran had earned a roster spot via the player vote, Manuel would have had to take the next highest finisher on the player ballot to replace him. But because fans elected Beltran as a starter, a MLB spokesman said Wednesday that Manuel does not have to pick from the player ballots to find a replacement. That would improve Victorino’s chances.