NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees really want outfielder Brett Gardner to join reliever Dellin Betances and first baseman Mark Teixeira at the All-Star game.

So much so that they’re willing to look utterly ridiculous for the cause.

Gardner is a final vote candidate for the Midsummer Classic, which will be played in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

As of Thursday morning, the leadoff hitter trailed left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, second baseman Brian Dozier and third baseman Mike Moustakas in fan votes.

Voting will conclude at 4 p.m. on Friday. To vote, click here.

Gardner is eyeing his first All-Star appearance. Entering Thursday’s series finale against the Athletics, the 31-year-old is batting .298 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs. The veteran has hit 21 doubles, stolen 15 bases and posted a .378 on-base percentage.

Even if Gardner isn’t voted in, there’s a chance he could be selected by American League All-Star manager Ned Yost if one or more AL All-Stars are unavailable to play.


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