Mariners' Jean Segura headed to All-Star game after online vote for final roster spot
SEATTLE - Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura is headed to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, thanks to baseball fans and the Final Vote contest.
After the American and National League rosters were announced, the MLB then allowed fans to vote for a 34th roster spot from each league. Segura was one of five players up for the final AL Spot. Fans were allowed to vote an unlimited number of times until Wednesday afternoon.
The Mariners and Seattle fans launched an aggressive social media campaign to "#SendSegura" to the game, including videos from Mariners players and coaches. The team and some local businesses even gave out promotions, encouraging fans to keep voting, and it worked!
Segura beat out Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario, Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the AL roster spot.
Segura will join fellow teammates right fielder Mitch Haniger, designated hitter Nelson Cruz and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz at the All-Star game on July 17 in Washington, D.C.
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar was selected for the final NL roster spot.