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Kentucky native needs the BBN’s help to make the MLB All-Star Game

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You’re looking at Stevie Delabar, an Elizabethtown, Kentucky native and relief pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. Delabar is in the running for the last spot on the American League team, which is determined by fan vote. He’s currently in the lead, but needs the BBN’s help to ensure he reaches his ultimate dream of playing in the All-Star game next week at Citi Field. Yankees fans are making a late push in support of David Robertson, and have narrowed the lead significantly.

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Delabar and his father cheering on the Cats

Delabar is also a huge UK fan with a remarkable comeback story. A severe elbow injury at 27 forced him to retire and become a substitute teacher and assistant coach at John Hardin High School, where he created the Velocity Training Program to help young pitchers. His velocity increased from around 87 to the mid-90s, which caught the eyes of the Seattle Mariners, who gave him another chance.

Watch his story in this HBO Sports clip:

You can vote for Stevie using the following methods:

Online at MLB.com
— Text “A2” to 89269
— Tweet #RaiseTheBar tomorrow between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The online and text polls close today at 4 p.m. ET. You know what to do.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

18 Comments for Kentucky native needs the BBN’s help to make the MLB All-Star Game



  1. old man
    11:37 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    You just made the BBN aware of the poll. He will now win.



  2. Sky Robbie
    11:38 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Stevie. He came back from a horrific arm injury, worked his tail off and now has a shot to be in AllStar game. Best of all he’s from KY and a member of BBN!! Vote for Stevie!!!



  3. mudcreekmark
    11:47 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    That is a great story but it would have been nice if you would have given us his stats for the year so we can see why we should vote for him besides him being from Kentucky.



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      12:11 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

      As someone who never watches baseball, the fact that he is from Kentucky is reason enough for me to vote for him.



  4. #raisethebar
    11:50 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    He is 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA with 57 Strike Outs so far this season with the Blue Jays.



  5. mudcreekmark
    11:51 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    After about a minutes work, here it is:
    Innings pitched41.1 hits allowed 29 stikeouts 57 era 1.74 he is 5-1 with one save and 4 holds. You’re welcome.



  6. The Loco Pollo
    11:55 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Voted a few times. Nice that they make that easy now. Good luck to him.

    We help him get to the All-Star game, maybe he’ll help us land Matt Elam!



  7. MattD
    11:55 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I went to highschool with and played churchball with stevie. He is a really great guy. Please vote.



  8. Biglaw Dawgin'
    11:58 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Here is an interactive map of the voting. Let’s see if we can turn KY light green: http://mlb.mlb.com/visualization/all_star/y2013/final_vote/



  9. Nacho Cheese
    12:04 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    #5 His stats are irrelevent. Hes a member of BBN so its our job to support him. He could have a 27.00 ERA and we’d still be trying to get him in. Thanks for your pointless research though.



  10. Becker
    12:15 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. It’s really dusty in here.



  11. kes
    12:16 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    his dad resembles BCG! but vote for him anyways!



  12. Linda Taylor
    12:18 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    They will let you vote over and over again so let’s get this for him BBN!



  13. The Loco Pollo
    12:24 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    You should also note that he struck out 4 batters in 1 inning last year! Impressive.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120814&content_id=36651724&vkey=news_tor&c_id=tor



  14. Chris
    12:37 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Blue Jays fan myself, have been voting for days. The Blue Jays’ fanbase is strong as well, multiple people voting 5,000+ times. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t win, especially with BBN behind him too.



  15. Matt
    3:14 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Stevie is a great dude with a great story. Not only all that, but he really is dominating this year. Just goes to show, you never know. Vote for Stevie as much as possible! #RaiseTheBar



  16. SeoulCat
    3:46 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Voting for Stevie from Korea (and I’m a Tigers fan; I won’t hold it against you that you struck out Hunter-Cabrera-Fielder to retire the side a couple weeks ago!). Make BBN proud, Stevie!



  17. Not Dan Issel
    6:19 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    He’s in!! Now official.