July 5, 2011
Bill Mosiello urges Tennessee fans to vote for Todd Helton
Helton, a three-time All-American at Tennessee from 1993-95, is enjoying a resurgent season as the first baseman for the Colorado Rockies. The Knoxville native is hitting .319 on the year with nine home runs and 39 RBIs. He leads all National League first basemen in batting average and fielding percentage (.998) and ranks third among that same group in both on-base percentage (.392).
Earlier this year, Helton became the first player in MLB history to have at least 2,270 hits, 1,280 runs, 530 doubles, 330 home runs, 1,250 RBIs and 1,200 walks before playing 2000th career game, which he did on June 30.
Helton, 37, played in five straight Midsummer Classics from 2000-05, and is 2-for-9 with a home run. He hit that one in '03 at U.S. Cellular Field, when fans voted for him to be a starter. It was the last time the Rockies sent a starter to the game. Helton could join shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (a players selection) in representing the Rockies this season.
"It's special, no doubt about it. I'm not going to get too excited until [the voting results are known]," Helton said. "The other players on the list are good players, worthy to be there. We'll see what happens."
Also vying for the Final Vote are Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy and Nationals first baseman Mike Morse.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. MT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
There will be an extra treat for fans who participate in the Final Vote. If you are not a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you are eligible to receive a 10-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 9-19. If you are a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on July 11 to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.
Fans who vote for Helton will be entered into the Rockies' "2011 Vote Todd Helton All-Star Game Final Vote Sweepstakes." Five Helton fans will receive four tickets for a 2011 game at Coors Field. Plus, they will receive a 50 percent off discount offer for tickets for three Rockies games.
Mobile voting in the U.S. and Canada is open to everyone. In the U.S., to receive the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 89269 (Example: Text "N2" to vote for Helton). In Canada, fans should text their choices to 65246. Standard message and data rates may apply.
Fans, having already decided the starters and final player on each team, once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.