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Updated: July 10th, 2014 4:17pm
Justin Morneau edged out in National League All-Star final vote

Justin Morneau edged out in National League All-Star final vote

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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7/7/2014
Sports Over Beers, episode 23. Dave St. Peter on the All-Star Game
Twins President Dave St. Peter joins the Sports Over Beers podcast to talk about this year's All-Star Game at Target Field. The best events of All-Star week, the concert at TCF Bank Stadium, the color run, the parade down Nicollet Mall, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby and the rest of the party. Are there tickets available for any of the events for the week? Where can fans go to find tickets or seating for any of the All-Star events? How will the Twins and the city of Minneapolis benefit from hosting All-Star week at Target Field? Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki will be in the game, but several others with Twins ties will be involved, too. What upgrades have the Twins made to Target Field to make the All-Star Game as good as it can be? -- How were season ticket sales affected by the All-Star Game, and how will that change once the game is a thing of the past? What is St. Peter most looking forward to? (AllStarGame.com.) -- Also, from Mason's Barre in downtown Minneapolis, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore have a couple Shock Tops and chat about their expectations for the All-Star Game. What do you want to see in this year’s game and surrounding events (read: party)? Does Justin Morneau stand a chance to make it in the Final Vote? #VoteMorneau. Did Brian Dozier get robbed? How cool is it that Pat Neshek made it? Special thanks to Mason's Barre and Shock Top.
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Justin Morneau did not win the final vote to be a part of the National League All-Star team at Target Field. 

A reunion with his former fan base seems to be a long shot. Morneau still could be named to the roster as an injury replacement. 

The #VoteMorneau campaign fell short, as Rizzo received 8.8 million votes, according to MLB.com.

All but one county in Minnesota favored Morneau, according to this data visualization map.

Here's an excerpt from the MLB.com story:

Over the final six hours of voting, tweets using the designated hashtag of any candidate were counted as part of his final vote tally. Tens of millions of votes poured in on the final day of a competition that began on Sunday. ...

The top two leading Twitter vote-getters were #VoteJUp and #VoteGRich, followed by #VoteKluber, #VoteMorneau and #VoteRizzo in the top five. All of the leading contenders had their hashtags trending in the U.S., worldwide and in their respective local markets, ultimately leading to 52.5 million votes cast.

Morneau's return would make for a good story, and it could still happen. It just didn't happen in the final vote.

Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale won the American League final vote.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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