Matt Kemp has pretty much made the National League All-Star team, this after the fans picked Shane Victorino in the Final Vote over Pablo Sandoval. MLB was already pushing NL manager Charlie Manuel to pick Kemp over his own player Victorino even if Sandoval had won the vote.
From the Bucks County Courier Times earlier today:
The voting ends today, but Victorino still figures to have a shot to become a first-time All-Star if he loses out to Sandoval because New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran announced on Wednesday that he’ll skip the All-Star Game due to injury.
“That would make his chances better,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Manuel, who will manage the NL All-Stars, will pick Victorino if it’s his call, but he thought Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp may get in because he finished higher in the players’ vote.
“One of the things that the league office was kind of concerned about is Kemp had more player votes and that plays some kind of part in it,” Manuel said. “I have to wait and see.”