Nats deserving of ASG berths; voting ends Thursday
First baseman LaRoche, second baseman Rendon putting up All-Star worthy numbers
WASHINGTON -- Not one member of the Nationals was listed in the final balloting update for the 85th All-Star Game, released on Tuesday. But two members of the Nationals -- first baseman Adam LaRoche and infielder Anthony Rendon -- should be considered for the National League All-Star team.
Entering Tuesday's action, LaRoche led the team in hitting (.307) and on-base percentage (.415). Let's not forget that he plays great defense at first base. There is no telling how many errors he prevented around the diamond.
LaRoche is not a rah-rah type of guy, but he leads by example. He is looking to play in his first All-Star Game.
"Adam has played Gold Glove defense at first base. He has been very reliable over there," teammate Scott Hairston said. "Obviously, he is very consistent with his bat. He has put up All-Star worthy numbers. He is a quiet leader on this team."
Rendon is just as good as LaRoche. In his first full season in the big leagues, Rendon is among the team's leaders in home runs, RBIs and runs scored. He began the season as the starting second baseman before switching over to third base after Ryan Zimmerman broke his thumb. With the return of outfielder Bryce Harper, Zimmerman is back at third, while Rendon is back at second.
"Anthony is playing like a veteran. He is poised, confident and is a hard worker," Hairston said. "He has come up with a lot of big hits for us this year. Defensively, he has done a tremendous job. He went from second base to third base and has gone back to second base. He has done what we expected and more."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.