Join MLB’s brightest stars for the 2015 All-Star Game

By Andrew Barge

Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star extravaganza hits Cincinnati as the hometown @Reds host the sport’s greatest players. Whether you happen to be at the Great American Ballpark or are following the action elsewhere, Twitter has baseball fans covered.

 

The @MLB All-Star Game (#ASG) has had Twitter buzzing since the voting process began. Players and teams asked fans for votes, and some formed alliances to campaign jointly, such as the @Reds Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) and the @Angels Mike Trout (@MikeTrout):

When rosters were announced, players like Frazier and @Athletics pitcher @SonnyGray2 (a first-time All-Star) thanked fans when they were voted in.


Other players congratulated their teammates, as @Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) did when fellow Yankee Brett Gardner was a late addition:

#FinalVote
The real madness went down during Friday’s #FinalVote, where fans could vote for the final member of each league’s roster. For the fourth straight year, @MLB opened up the vote on Twitter as the exclusive social platform.

This year has seen a unique new twist, with @Twitter Emojis unlocking with every hashtag vote:

The six-hour voting window featured campaigning from every angle, from teammates…

Join MLB’s brightest stars for the 2015 All-Star Game

to team owners…

Join MLB’s brightest stars for the 2015 All-Star Game

to celebrity fans…

Join MLB’s brightest stars for the 2015 All-Star Game

to other in-market teams:

The results? Carlos Martinez (@Tsunamy27) and Mike Moustakas (@Mooose_8) won the fan vote. The #FinalVote on Twitter came down to the wire and peaked at 25,000 Tweets in the final minute. In the end, the top two leading Twitter vote-getters were in the American League, #VoteMoose and #VoteDozier, and were followed by #VoteCueto, #VoteTsunami and #MVPforASG in the top five.


All-Star week festivities

On Sunday, the game’s future stars and celebrity fans took the field in Cincinnati. Twitter gave fans an in-depth look at the action on site, with a Vine 360 Booth and Twitter Mirrors capturing players before each game.

Here are a few favorites from the Futures Game:


On Monday, baseball’s top power hitters competed in the Home Run Derby. The hometown hero Frazier defeated @Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) in the final:

 

Players turned to Twitter to congratulate the winner:

 

Check out these behind the scene photos from the #HRDerby:


And here’s a sample of the shots from the Celebrity Game:

 

 

Join the convo

Join the All-Star Game conversation on Twitter using these hashtags: #ASG and #ASGRedCarpet.

And of course follow these accounts for all things MLB #ASG:

@TwitterData: AL & NL All-Star teams
What if the starting lineups for Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic were determined by mentions on Twitter? The lineups below are based entirely on Twitter’s most-mentioned players by position since opening night (April 5, 2015). Although the actual data may not line up with fan votes, these lineups show which which players have the attention of most fans, on or off the diamond.

Join MLB’s brightest stars for the 2015 All-Star Game

Join MLB’s brightest stars for the 2015 All-Star Game