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Bour has Ric Flair in his corner for Final Vote

Marlins slugger fifth in balloting, which ends Thursday at 4 p.m. ET
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ST. LOUIS -- Legendary wrestling champion Ric Flair is in Justin Bour's corner when it comes to making the All-Star team. Via Twitter, the "Nature Boy" threw his support in the direction of the Marlins' first baseman in the Esurance MLB All-Star Final Vote.

Endorsements are coming in from all directions for Bour, but when Flair enters the ring -- Woooooo! -- that's saying something.

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ST. LOUIS -- Legendary wrestling champion Ric Flair is in Justin Bour's corner when it comes to making the All-Star team. Via Twitter, the "Nature Boy" threw his support in the direction of the Marlins' first baseman in the Esurance MLB All-Star Final Vote.

Endorsements are coming in from all directions for Bour, but when Flair enters the ring -- Woooooo! -- that's saying something.

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"I've got to have him out for BP and a game one of these days and thank him for that," Bour said.

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Bour has an uphill climb in the quest to secure the final National League spot for the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

The first tallies were released Tuesday, and Bour was fifth. Justin Turner of the Dodgers leads, followed by Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, Mark Reynolds of the Rockies and Bour.

"It's a huge honor to be listed with those guys and be in consideration for the All-Star Game," Bour said. "It's pretty exciting."

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The campaign to get Bour into the All-Star Game, which will be played at Marlins Park, is in full swing. A number of his Marlins' teammates are sporting #VoteBour T-shirts.

Second baseman Dee Gordon on his Twitter account, posted a photo of himself with Bour, urging fans to vote for the left-handed-hitting first baseman.

Tweet from @FlashGJr: #VoteBour ...and yea I know it looks like we just dropped the hottest mixtape of 2017! ���� pic.twitter.com/kpi8P3gFLl

The fun-loving Bour is known for keeping things loose.

Outfielder Christian Yelich tweeted out a video clip of Bour doing a headstand while wearing a suit at a wedding.

Now Flair has urged his 773,300 Twitter followers to vote for Bour. "Talk about #AllStarWorthy .. @bour41 DESERVES to make it," Flair tweeted.

Tweet from @RicFlairNatrBoy: Talk about #AllStarWorthy.. @bour41 DESERVES to make it to @AllStarGame #VoteBour now https://t.co/lGpsKNoCS5 only few days left! @Marlins

Bour acknowledged he watched professional wrestling growing up and attended WrestleMania a few years ago when it was held in New Orleans. Bour was at Triple-A New Orleans at the time.

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The Marlins already have two representatives in the All-Star Game, Marcell Ozuna has been voted in as a starting outfielder, and Giancarlo Stanton was selected as a reserve.

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No matter how the Final Vote turns out, Bour already will be part of the All-Star festivities. On Monday, he announced he is taking part in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on July 10 at Marlins Park.

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Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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