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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — With a polite campaign on social media that asked ‘#FreesePlease’, the online voters came through for St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese giving the Wildwood, Mo. native his first All-Star Game invite.

A baseball superstar since his heroic performance on the diamond during the MLB playoffs last October, including the forever memorable Game 6 of the Fall Classic, the 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP gives the Redbirds a total of five representatives at Kansas City for the 2012 National League ball club in the 83rd annual All-Star Game.

Freese joins other first-time All-Star Lance Lynn along with Carlos Beltran, Rafael Furcal and Yadier Molina. Four of them, excluding Carlos Beltran, will get the opportunity to play under their former manager Tony La Russa one last time. Freese said playing for La Russa once more was the most exciting aspect of possibly making the NL squad on Monday when discussing the exciting opportunity.

Through 75 games played this season, Freese has a .285 batting average, 13 home runs and 50 RBI’s. His numbers rank near the top of all third baseman in the Major Leagues. Since learning he was a final candidate on Sunday night, Freese has hit 5/12 (.417) with one run scored and 3 RBI’s.

Tony La Russa will now have four third baseman options. Freese joins starter Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, David Wright of the New York Mets and recently added Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves.

First-year starting pitcher Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers won the final vote for the American League.

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