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Congratulations to Longoria and Hart

Tampa Bay Rays rookie third baseman Evan Longoria and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart were chosen by fans as the winners of the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote in record-shattering voting exclusively on MLB.com, joining as 32nd men for the 79th All-Star Game on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. The announcement was just made in the last five minutes on MLB.com.

Baseball fans supported the 10 candidates named by All-Star managers Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle in unprecedented fashion by casting a record 47.8 million votes since the program commenced on Sunday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT). This year’s record number of votes represents an increase of 107 percent from the previous mark of 23.1 million set in 2007. Since its inception in 2002, the Monster All-Star Game Final Vote has now recorded nearly 130 million votes.

The American League winner, Longoria, received the highest total number of votes ever and led all vote-getters with nine million en route to becoming the second consecutive rookie to win the balloting, following Boston’s Hideki Okajima last year. He was followed by Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox; Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees; Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles; and Jose Guillen of the Kansas City Royals.

On the National League ballot, Hart became the second Milwaukee player to win the Monster All-Star Game Final Vote by holding off a late charge from David Wright of the New York Mets to claim the final spot on the National League All-Star roster with a final tally of eight million votes. Hart and Wright were followed by Pat Burrell of the Philadelphia Phillies; Aaron Rowand of the San Francisco Giants; and Carlos Lee of the Houston Astros.

Previous winners of the Monster All-Star Game Final Vote include: 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). More >

Thank you for voting, and voting, and voting

It’s over.

Thank you for voting! You can relax a little bit now.

The Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote began at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday and balloting concluded at 5 p.m. today. What a week. There will be more than twice as many total votes as last year announced when the winners are revealed.

Those two winning nominees in the American and National League will be announced anytime now on MLB.com.

Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the 79th All-Star Game through the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP Vote on MLB.com.

Thursday schedule; predict the record total

The next Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote update tentatively is scheduled for around 10 a.m. ET on Thursday at MLB.com. Here are the leaders in the latest update.

The ballot closes at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday. A winner from each league will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter, bringing to 32 the total number of filled roster spots for the American and National Leagues.

It’s going to be an incredible Thursday in Major League Baseball. What is your prediction for the final record vote total? You surpassed last year’s four-day record total of 23.2 million HALFWAY through this year’s Final Vote. It was more than 33 million after the last update at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Leave your predictions here as comments.

Keep voting and stay tuned.

Final 24 hours: Tight races, record voting

With more than 33 million votes cast, and everything from fake mustaches to candy hearts to club alliances and fan pacts becoming all the rage, the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote approached the final 24 hours Wednesday, and there was no change in the latest nominee standings. However, wild three-way races are emerging in both leagues.

As of 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria continued to hold off the charges of his closest two competitors in the American League, Jermaine Dye of the White Sox and Jason Giambi of the Yankees, as each had totaled more than 3.75 million votes. Brian Roberts of the Orioles and Jose Guillen of the Royals round out the current standings in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

On the National League side, Brewers outfielder Corey Hart remained atop the standings despite significant challenges from David Wright of the Mets and Pat Burrell of the Phillies. The top three candidates, who have each accumulated nearly 4 million votes, are followed by Aaron Rowand of the Giants and Carlos Lee of the Astros. More >

Grab the Final Vote Widget

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White Sox lobby-ists

Is it a political campaign office? No. It’s the lobby of the Chicago White Sox headquarters at U.S. Cellular Field. It’s hard to tell if Jermaine Dye is running down baseballs or running for office, but that is typical of the scene for 10 campaigns in the Final Vote. Let us know about any Final Vote campaign pic you might be posting.

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Congratulations

You just did a couple of amazing things as Final Vote participants.

On Tuesday night, someone cast the 100 millionth vote in the history of the Monster All-Star Game Final Vote, now in only seventh year. When you consider that this usually coincides with the Fourth of July holiday, that’s pretty amazng.

At roughly the halfway point of this year’s Final Vote, on Tuesday, fans already had surpassed last year’s total of 23.2 million votes cast over four days. It is going to be incredible to see the final 2008 tally. That’s going to be hard to top next year, especially if the Fourth of July falls again during the voting period, but you all tend to break online balloting records year over year.

Congratulations to the fans.

Fans the story so far in Final Vote

At the halfway point of the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote announced at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart and Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria were holding slim leads while baseball fans were on the brink of destroying last year’s four-day record of 23.2 million votes in exclusive balloting on MLB.com.

In the American League, the three leaders, Longoria, Jermaine Dye of the White Sox and Jason Giambi of the Yankees, all have more than two million votes each and are separated by just over 10 percent. They are followed by Brian Roberts of the Orioles and Jose Guillen of the Royals.

On the National League side, the top three candidates also each have registered more than two million votes and are apart by approximately 10 percent. Hart is followed closely by David Wright of the Mets, Pat Burrell of the Phillies, Aaron Rowand of the Giants and Carlos Lee of the Astros.

Fans already are toppling last year’s total — 23,153,777 votes — which were cast from a record 13,815,790 ballots. More >

Record voting as Longoria, Hart lead first update

More than 11 million votes were cast exclusively at MLB.com in the opening 24 hours of the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote, with rookie third baseman Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay and second-year outfielder Corey Hart of Milwaukee at the top of the early returns.

After one day, they are so tightly bunched that the most noteworthy development is not so much the order of positioning as it is the volume of overall balloting. This record-setting vote total for the first day of balloting represents an increase of 115 percent compared to the same period in 2007. Balloting will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, and one nominee from each league will get to suit up for the 79th All-Star Game on July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

Longoria is followed in a tightly packed American League group by outfielder Jermaine Dye of the White Sox, first baseman Jason Giambi of the Yankees, second baseman Brian Roberts of the Orioles and outfielder Jose Guillen of the Royals.

In the National League, Hart has a narrow lead over third baseman David Wright of the Mets, who is closely followed by three outfielders: Pat Burrell of the Phillies, Aaron Rowand of the Giants and Carlos Lee of the Astros. More >

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The Final Vote is on.

Welcome to the blog for all things Final Vote.

Here are your candidates:

AL nominees are outfielder Jermaine Dye of the White Sox, first baseman Jason Giambi of the Yankees, outfielder Jose Guillen of the Royals, Longoria of the Rays and second baseman Brian Roberts of the Orioles.

NL nominees are outfielder Pat Burrell of the Phillies, outfielder Corey Hart of the Brewers, outfielder Carlos Lee of the Astros, outfielder Aaron Rowand of the Giants and third baseman David Wright of the Mets.

You can campaign for your choice by putting the Final Vote widget in your blog or social network profile.

Keep an eye on this space during the campaign. The voting ends at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 10.