MILWAUKEE -- Aaron Hill recently made history, but if the D-backs second baseman is to make the National League All-Star team, it's with the help of his fans.
Hill was named as a candidate in the All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Firestone.
The other candidates are Michael Bourn (Braves), David Freese (Cardinals), Bryce Harper (Nationals) and Chipper Jones (Braves).
Left-hander Wade Miley was the lone D-backs player selected for the game.
Hill hit for the cycle Friday night, the second time he had done it in 11 days. It marked the first time a player had hit for the cycle twice in the same year since Babe Herman in 1931. The only other two times it had happened were in the 1800s.
Still, that accomplishment or the fact that he is near the top of most offensive categories for NL second basemen was not enough to get Hill on the team for the July 10 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City (5 p.m. MST, FOX).
"He's been locked in lately," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Certainly since he's been in the No. 2 spot, he's been crushing the ball. He's just really been hitting mistakes. They're elevating the ball and he's not missing them."
Now in its 11th year, the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell and continues until Thursday, July 5 at 1 p.m. MST. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Fans can use their mobile phone to cast votes via the mobile web atMLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the 2012 All-Star GameMLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. To vote for Hill, text "N4." Message and data rates may apply. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.
Given that his team had just lost, 2-1, to the Brewers in walk-off fashion Sunday, Hill did not feel comfortable talking about the Final Vote situation.
"It's great to be recognized, obviously," Hill said. "But it's just tough to talk about it right now, you know? I'm more than happy to talk about it tomorrow."
Hill's teammates had no such reservations speaking up in his behalf.
Final Vote candidates
|P||Jonathan Broxton, KC|
|P||Yu Darvish, TEX|
|P||Ernesto Frieri, LAA|
|P||Jason Hammel, BAL|
|P||Jake Peavy, CWS|
|OF||Michael Bourn, ATL|
|3B||David Freese, STL|
|OF||Bryce Harper, WAS|
|2B||Aaron Hill, ARI|
"I'm going to vote for him, for sure," catcher Miguel Montero said. "I'm going to go online right now and vote because I think he deserves to be in there. He's been doing an unbelievable job. Hopefully all the fans will help him by going out there and voting."
Atlanta's Dan Uggla was voted by the fans as the starting second baseman and Houston's Jose Altuve was named to the team by virtue of winning the players' vote.
Right-hander Ian Kennedy found himself in a similar position last year when he was a Final Vote candidate. Kennedy wound up losing out to the Phillies' Shane Victorino.
"His numbers show that he shouldn't even been in this situation," Kennedy said. "Honestly, I feel like he's the best second baseman in the National League, just based on production. He deserves to be in that game. He needs to be in there somehow. They need to find a way to get him on that team."
That task now falls to the fans.