Jul 072011
Phillies All-Star centerfielder Shane Victorino

Phillies All-Star centerfielder Shane Victorino

It’s official – Shane Victorino is an All-Star.  The Phillies centerfielder went pretty much wire to wire winning the National League’s final vote to make the team.

It was Victorino’s second final vote victory in the past three years, winning in 2009 as well. 

Victorino took the spot by securing 9.2 millions votes.  Finishing behing Victorino was Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier in second place, then Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, Nationals first baseman/outfielder Mike Morse and Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

As part of an offense that inspires feelings of nausea on a regular basis, Victorino is one of the few bright spots.  On the season he’s hitting .303, a career high. He also has nine home runs, 34 RBIs 13 stolen bases, and a team leading 53 runs in 68 games.  His nine triples are the second most in Major League Baseball.

And that’s not counting the nightly gold glove defense.

Of course, with Victorino currently undergoing treatment for a thumb sprain it’s very likely the Flying Hawaiian sits this one out.  The Phillies don’t even know when Vic will play for the home team again, let alone at next Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic.  And with the way the team discloses info about injuries, Victorino could be back tomorrow or he could be out for the season. 

Victorino is the Phillies’ fifth All-Star representative, joining starting third baseman Placido Polanco along with aces Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels.

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