Final Vote candidate Bourn promoting mates

Final Vote candidate Bourn promoting mates

Final Vote candidate Bourn promoting mates
ATLANTA -- Braves center fielder Michael Bourn is on the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote ballot presented by Firestone, trying to earn the last spot on the National League All-Star team. But since learning Sunday his fate is in the hands of the fans, Bourn has done nothing but campaign for his teammates.

He started Sunday by talking up third baseman Chipper Jones' candidacy in the Final Vote. While Jones was in the lead when the first balloting numbers were released Tuesday, he was selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp.

With Jones taken care of, Bourn moved on to left fielder Martin Prado.

"I thought he should be on there, I really do," Bourn said. "He's done an exceptional job, and the thing is he switches positions so much it's hard to nominate -- he goes from left to third to first. But he's so versatile that there's no way, to me, that he shouldn't be on there."

Prado led the Braves in batting average (.320) and on-base percentage (.383) heading into Tuesday's game. He has continued to hit at a high level despite playing four different positions -- left field, third base, first base and second base -- this season.

Bourn said Prado is the most versatile teammate he's ever had and couldn't understand how he was passed over this year.

"I just think he's overlooked," Bourn said. "I don't know how. He can hit, I'll tell you that."

Bourn, meanwhile, remains in the running for the final spot on the National League team. When early voting results were released Tuesday, Bourn was in last place. Fans can vote for Bourn through Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.