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Is Michael Morse an All-Star?

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 06: Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals flies out in the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on June 6, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

    Michael Morse needs your support.

    It's time once again to make your pick in the MLB All-Star Final Vote, and the Nationals' first baseman is among the five candidates to fill the final National League roster spot.

    He is competing against Shane Victorino, Andre Ethier, Todd Helton and Ian Kennedy.

    Morse is hitting .298 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs. Even more impressive is he accomplished this feat after struggling early in the season. Morse hit only .211 in April and lost his spot to Laynce Nix.

    Morse got a second chance, however, and he took advantage of it. Adam LaRoche went to the DL on May 22 and ended up undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, allowing Morse to take over at first. 

    The 29-year-old's ability to support the Nats' offense with only 870 career big league at-bats has been crucial with Jayson Werth struggling and Ryan Zimmerman missing most of the first half of the season.

    Unfortunately, with big names like Victorino, Ethier and Helton to compete with, Morse's chances of making the 2011 roster may be small -- especially after Shaq tweeted out his support for Victorino.

    NBC Washington's own Hakem Dermish is Morse's self-proclaimed campaign manager and can be seen hard at work creating a sign to promote the cause.

    "If I had buttons, I would pass [them] out," Dermish joked.

    Despite this fact, there has been a huge effort on Twitter to help Morse gain more votes. @VoteMorse has been recruiting DC-born celebrities to get the word out via Twitter.

    Some of the tweets used other methods to gain votes...

    Voting for Morse has its perks, too. Upon voting, fans can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount for eligible Nats home games following the All-Star break. Voting also automatically enters you to win a game-used Morse jersey.

    Voting ends at 4 p.m. Thursday, so time is running out. There is no doubt Morse is deserving of an All-Star bid, so take a few minutes on your lunch break today and help send one of the game's top hitters to Arizona.