Nearly 10 million votes help former OSU star and NYY outfielder land final AL roster spot

Thank you to all Buckeye fans out there who showed their support for former OSU and New York Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher (2000-02). Thursday, he won a tight race for the final AL roster spot for the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star game. The “Mid-Summer Classic” is being held in Anaheim, Calif., at 8 p.m. on July 13. FOX will air the game live and ESPN radio also will have the call.

The game will be Swisher’s first career All-Star appearance. He celebrated his ballot victory Thursday with a 4-for-4 night at the plate, including a pair of doubles in New York’s 3-1 victory at Seattle. He added two singles as well to up his current batting average to .307.

Swisher, Votto Win Tight Final Vote 

By Mark Newman /

07/09/10 9:20 AM ET

The American and National Leagues have added a couple of booming bats to their bench Tuesday in Anaheim with the selection of Nick Swisher and Joey Votto, now that fans have spoken loudly in the four-day All-Star Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

Swisher, the Yankees’ right-fielder and social-media titan, held off Kevin Youkilis of the rival Red Sox in the closest race in the nine-year history of the Final Vote to claim the 34th and final spot on the All-Star roster with a final tally of 9.8 million votes. Swisher and Youkilis were followed by Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Michael Young of the Rangers and Delmon Young of the Twins.

“Things like that that make you feel so good,” Swisher said. “People were telling me, everywhere I went. I’m just excited and couldn’t be happier for all the support.”

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