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Bour joins Derby as Final Vote bid heats up

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ST. LOUIS -- One way or another, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour will have a presence in the All-Star festivities. The 29-year-old announced on Monday that he will participate in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby next Monday at Marlins Park.

It could be an even more hectic week for Bour if he's also selected to the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX. He's one of five candidates vying for the Esurance MLB All-Star Final Vote.

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ST. LOUIS -- One way or another, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour will have a presence in the All-Star festivities. The 29-year-old announced on Monday that he will participate in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby next Monday at Marlins Park.

It could be an even more hectic week for Bour if he's also selected to the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX. He's one of five candidates vying for the Esurance MLB All-Star Final Vote.

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The campaign is heating up, as his teammates are lobbying for him, and several players wore #VoteBour T-shirts on Monday before the Marlins' 14-6 loss against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Bour did his part, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk.

Video: MIA@STL: Bour crushes an RBI double to left-center

The lone player currently in the big leagues to attend George Mason University, Bour is extremely popular with his teammates and known for his sense of humor.

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"His numbers deserve it more than his sense of humor," Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton said. "But that's also a plus that people don't always get to see."

If elected to his first All-Star Game, Bour would give the Marlins three representatives in this year's Midsummer Classic. Marcell Ozuna was voted in by the fans as a starting outfielder, while Stanton was selected as a reserve.

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Voting for the final spot on the roster ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Fans can show their support for Bour by tweeting with #VoteBour, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes #VoteBour will count toward his vote total.

Video: MIA@STL: Bour up for final All-Star vote in NL

The other finalists for a spot on the NL roster are Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds and Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

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Bour and Stanton are commitments from the Marlins to participate in the Home Run Derby, set for July 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

"I didn't watch much baseball growing up," said Bour, who has hit 18 homers. "I liked to play it, but the Home Run Derby is something you've got to sit down and watch and enjoy. To be a part of that and have my family come out and be there with me, it's going to be a very special moment."

Video: Bour announces his participation in Home Run Derby

Stanton is the reigning Derby champion, winning in record-setting fashion last year with 61 belted at Petco Park in San Diego.

Also committed to this year's event are the Twins' Miguel Sano and the Yankees' Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is also likely to participate, pending the availability of his father, Clay, a former Yankees outfielder now working as a firefighter in Gilbert, Ariz., to pitch to him.

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Marlins outfield coach Lorenzo Bundy will pitch to Bour in the Derby, and Stanton is bringing back Pat Shine, formerly on Miami's staff but who now is a coach in the Mariners system. Shine threw to Stanton last year.

Manager Don Mattingly said Bour is ideal for the Derby because he has a swing that shouldn't be impacted.

"He'd be a good guy for it," Mattingly said. "I don't think it will really mess with his swing that much. He's a guy who can hit them a long way. He'll be fun in Miami. Hopefully he will put on a good show."

Eleven of Bour's home runs have come at Marlins Park, and Stanton has 13 at home (21 total). Per Statcast™, the average distance of Bour's shots is 396 feet, compared to Stanton's 405 feet. The average exit velocities of Stanton's homers at home is 107.9 mph, and Bour's is 104.5 mph.

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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