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Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper endorses Blue Jays’ Steve Delabar for All-Star Game

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Voting for the American League's final All-Star spot has gotten political. The Prime Minister of Canada, one Stephen Harper, has publicly endorsed right-hander Steve Delabar of the Toronto Blue Jays for the team. He did so via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon:

Already ahead as of the most recently announced tally, Delabar leads a tight AL field of five relievers, which also includes David Robertson of the New York Yankees, Tanner Scheppers of the Texas Rangers, Joaquin Benoit of the Detroit Tigers and Koji Uehara of the Boston Red Sox. All are setup men by trade but Benoit and Uehara have been named closers recently, and all are reputed to have "closer's stuff." So these guys are All-Star caliber players, even if they have relatively boring positions. But only one can go to Citi Field next week.

Well, President Obama, a couple of American boys — Robertson and Scheppers — need your help. Don't get bullied like it's some kind of NAFTA cocktail party! Tweet something! Benoit and Uehara, you're on your own.

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No wonder his numbers are so good, Delabar's an X-Man or something. (Getty)

I'm sure Delabar is an American at heart — he's from the megastate of Kentucky-Tennessee — he lost his Obama All-Star influence once he defected to Canada and joined the Blue Jays. So he must rely on his adoptive ruler. So be it.

And for those of you ready to make a comment like, "Why are elected officials wasting their time on something trivial and unimportant when there are real problems to solve? Blah, blah, blah, I like to complain, look at me!" — don't bother, there it is.

Freddie Freeman of the Braves leads Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers on the NL side. No world leaders are believed to have weighed in on that race.

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