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Cheers' John Ratzenberger Voted to MLB All-Star Game

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"We will burn it down," said one Kansas City voter. "We will burn it all down."

This is believed to be the first time a beloved sitcom character has played in an All-Star Game since actor Vic Tayback (Mel from Alice) started at catcher for the National League in 1977.
This is believed to be the first time a beloved sitcom character has played in an All-Star Game since actor Vic Tayback (Mel from Alice) started at catcher for the National League in 1977.
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Kansas City All-Star Game voters, who had already given Mike Moustakas a solid lead over a very deserving Brian Dozier for the final slot on the American League All-Star team, flexed their muscles overnight, and the leading vote-getter is a familiar face to fans of beloved sitcoms.

"The final All-Star is Cliff Clavin, the mail carrier from NBC's Cheers," said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.  "He received 173 million votes. The process worked."

John Ratzenberger, the actor who played Clavin, could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Kansas City Royals' fans were left to plot their next move.

"We will burn it down," said one Royals voter, wearing an Amos Otis shirsey while gorging on burnt ends.  "We will burn it all down.  A dead guy, an animal, a box of old rotary phones: All these things are All-Stars if we say they are All-Stars.

"We are chaos agents, disrupters."