Actor Stephen Amell campaigns to get Josh Donaldson in MLB All-Star Game
TORONTO — Actor Stephen Amell is hoping to use the super power of social media to get Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson in the MLB All Star Game.
The Toronto-born Arrow star posted a video message Tuesday on Facebook recorded inside his trailer on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 in New York City.
“The Kansas City Royals have eight players starting in the All Star Game, which is preposterous,” Amell said. “Josh Donaldson, by any measure whatsoever, should be starting in the All Star Game.”
In its first 24 hours online, Amell’s video was viewed more than 715,000 times.
As of Tuesday, Donaldson had just under 4.9 million votes.
Amell promised to do four Q&A sessions with fans if Donaldson is successfully elected. “Maybe one with him, even though we’ve never met and he’s finding out about this for the very first time,” he added.
The 34-year-old star, who shoots Arrow in Vancouver, is a loyal Jays fan. He said he was at Fenway Park to watch the team sweep the Red Sox last weekend in Boston and took his daughter to see the Jays vs. Mets game on Monday.
Donaldson, 29, is playing his first season with the Blue Jays. In May, he batted .440 and scored 11 runs.
Donaldson was the third base starter at last year’s All-Star Game.
Amell’s public support for Donaldson came days after Coach’s Corner host Don Cherry pleaded with viewers to cast a ballot for the Jays player.
“We have an injustice being done in baseball,” Cherry said. He later tweeted: “Vote early and vote often. Lets Go Canada!”
Voting ends on July 2.
The MLB All-Star Game takes place July 14 in Cincinnati.
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