SAN FRANCISCO -- Looking more like experienced comedians than ballplayers, left-hander Derek Holland and outfielder Hunter Pence combined their talents Monday to produce a video endorsing their Giants teammate, first baseman Brandon Belt, in the Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote.• VOTE BELT: 2018 Camping World MLB Final VotePence donned
SAN FRANCISCO -- Looking more like experienced comedians than ballplayers, left-hander Derek Holland and outfielder Hunter Pence combined their talents Monday to produce a video endorsing their Giants teammate, first baseman Brandon Belt, in the Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote.
• VOTE BELT: 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote
Pence donned a sleeveless T-shirt while Holland wore no shirt at all as they portrayed professional wrestlers urging fans to vote for Belt to capture the National League's last roster spot for the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, which takes place Tuesday, July 17, at 4:30 p.m. PT on FOX. Belt won the Final Vote in 2016. The campaign may be working, as Belt ranked second in Wednesday's final update, with voting set to close at 1 p.m. PT.
Belt couldn't help but be amused by the video.
"It's pretty funny," Belt said. "It's pretty awesome. I've got some great teammates here. That was way more than I ever expected, so it's pretty cool."
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Belt confessed that awaiting the vote totals was "a little stressful, but it's fun. You have to enjoy it."
Asked whether he thought the appendicitis that sidelined him in June hampered his All-Star candidacy, Belt replied, "It's definitely possible that I could be in a better situation than I am now. But it happened and there's nothing I can do about it."
Also, the Giants joined forces with the Seattle Mariners to boost each other's get-out-the-vote efforts. The Mariners are striving to get infielder Jean Segura onto the American League squad. Both clubs used Twitter, among other means, to convey their messages.
"Hello. We are fans of good Belts," the Mariners and Segura tweeted. The Giants and Belt reciprocated with, "We are fans of nice Jeans."
Fans can cast votes for the final player on each league's roster -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online as part of the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, as well as via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, until Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT.
Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.
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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.