Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/10/13
It seems that Koji Uehara isn’t the only relief pitcher with a strong backing for his All-Star campaign. Toronto Blue Jays hurler Steve Delabar was a substitute teach two years ago. Now, he’s on the verge of being voted into his first MLB All-Star game, and he has people in high places in his corner. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted out a plea Wednesday to get Blue Jays fans to help vote Delabar into the game. Hey @bluejays fans, let’s get @stevedelabar_50 into the @mlb all-star game, he deserves to be there #raisethebar— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) July 10, 2013 Delabar has fashioned a 1.76 ERA through 36 appearances this season, with five wins and one loss under his belt after enduring Tommy John surgery and a fractured pitching elbow. Delabar is one of five American League candidates for the 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote, where fans can vote their favorite player into the final roster spot at Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic at Citi Field. Thumbnail via Wikipedia/Steve Delabar

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