The Minnesota Twins didn’t have a horse in the race when it came down to the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game Final Vote, but they did have a former player that would have liked to see a reunion. Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies watched what might have been his last hope for the 2014 All Star Game slip away Thursday afternoon.
Voting closed on Thursday at 3pm central time, and when all the tweets, texts, and online votes were tallied, Morneau came up just short. From the National League, Anthony Rizzo, the young Chicago Cubs first basemen got the nod. The Twins will watch AL Central division hurler, from the Chicago White Sox, Chris Sale, make an appearance in the game for the American League.
Morneau was hoping to be able to return to Target Field, a place he was loved by so many, and left all too soon. Twins fans were hoping to help be a second fan base, outside of Colorado, to elevate him above the competition.
It was rumored that had Morneau been elected to the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game, he may have a place waiting for him in the Gillette Home Run Derby. With two spots still up for grabs in the contest, it is unsure where Justin stands as far as being included.
While Morneau won’t be named to the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star team, he can still look back on his 2014 first half with pleasure, as he has seen a career revival in the Mile High City, something that Twins Territory only hopes for him to continue.