DENVER – The Colorado Rockies and the Cleveland Indians have teamed up to make sure Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and Indians starter Corey Kluber make it to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis on July 15 through Major League Baseball’s All-Star Final Vote. Morneau is looking to join fellow teammates Troy Tulowitzki (4th All-Star Game, 2nd fan selected), who was the National League’s leading vote getter, and Charlie Blackmon (1st All-Star Game) as representatives for the Rockies in Minnesota.
Fans can vote online at Rockies.com or MLB.com/vote through Thursday, July 10 at 2 p.m. MT. From 8 a.m.-2 p.m. MT on Thursday, July 10, any tweet that includes the designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total. Fans are encouraged to use #VoteMorneau, #VoteKluber and #ClevelandRox when voting and spreading the word on social media.
Although in different time zones with states separating the two, the two clubs and players are more alike than you know:
· Morneau spent the first 11 years of his career as a member of the AL Central, the very same division the Cleveland Indians have been part of since 1994.
· Kluber has never played at Coors Field but knows that there is over 300 days a year of sunshine in the state and, well frankly, who doesn’t like sun?
· Morneau is from New Westminster, British Columbia and Kluber is from Birmingham, Alabama, thus, only 2,134 miles/3,434 kilometers separate the two making them basically neighbors in case one needs to borrow a cup of sugar.
· Morneau’s current teammate Drew Stubbs, played with Kluber in Cleveland last year and says, “Both get two thumbs up from me.”
· Both ball players have been voted as “Best Smile” by their fellow peers.
· Why #ClevelandRox? “Cleveland Rocks” is a famous song from a show featuring famous Clevelander Drew Carey, who is the host of everyone’s favorite lunchtime show The Price is Right. Rox, as most baseball fans already know, is a fan favorite nickname for the Rockies.
Morneau and Kluber will need the support of Rockies and Indians supporters far and wide as the vote is purely an online vote by MLB fans. Morneau is up against Justin Upton (Atlanta), Anthony Rizzo (Chicago), Casey McGehee (Miami) and Anthony Rendon (Washington). If voted in, Morneau will be the only Canadian-born representative from either league.
The former Twin is anxious to make a cameo in Minnesota having played in 1,278 career games for the franchise from 2003-13. His 221 home runs while donning a Twins uniform are the 4th-most in history, while his RBI (860) rank 9th and his 289 doubles are tied for 10th.
Morneau is hitting .314 (97-for-309) with 20 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 36 runs in 83 games this year for the Rockies. Among fellow National League first baseman he ranks first in RBI, second in average, third in runs and triples, tied for third in doubles and tied for fourth in home runs.