MLB All-Stars: The Social Media Champs [INFOGRAPHIC]

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MLB All-Stars: The Social Media Champs [INFOGRAPHIC]
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We already know Major League Baseball's 2012 All-Stars are superb on the field -- but who has dominated the social media conversation this year and when did they spark the most online buzz?

According to one social media analytics company, Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp rules the National League's Interwebs, while Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton reigns over the American League. Hamilton is followed in the AL by Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Joe Mauer and Adam Jones. Kemp is trailed in the NL by Joey Votto, Buster Posey, Carlos Beltran and Dan Uggla.

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tracks conversations across the social web to optimize marketing for major brands including Pepsi, Sprint and Victoria’s Secret. This baseball season it followed chatter on , , , blogs and other platforms to produce the below. The company does not release overall numbers of mentions, but the chart below shows whose buzz spiked and when. We can see that Hamilton and Kemp both got huge boosts after some impressive slugging feats they pulled off near the beginning of the season.

MLB is making a big social media push for this year's All-Star Game, with players tweeting and posting to Facebook . But social media and baseball don't always mix, as one fan recently learned after being while trying to post a Facebook update on his smartphone from the stands.

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Check out the infographic below for more of a sense for how this year's MLB All-Stars stack up on . Which players do you enjoy following? Let us know in the comments.

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This story originally published on Mashable .