The voting period for the final All-Star Game spot ended yesterday, and New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher won the vote in the American League, while Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto won the vote in the National League.

It’s great to see a wrong being righted with Votto. As I said last week, if you didn’t vote for Votto for the final spot in the National League, then you shouldn’t be allowed to vote for anything again. He went into last night’s game leading the NL in HRs (22) and first in OPS (1.012).

I would say he is the first half MVP of the National League.

At the age of 29, Swisher is having perhaps his best year in the major leagues. Coming into last night’s game, Swisher was hitting .298 with 14 HRs and an .894 OPS.

Is he having a better year than Kevin Youkilis? Not even close. But I would imagine Youkilis will somehow find his way onto the team.

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