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Harper leads all NL players in All-Star voting

May 27, 2015, 2:52 PM EST

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Bryce Harper’s stunning start to the season hasn’t been lost at all by baseball fans, both in Washington and around the world.

Harper has received more All-Star votes than any other player in the National League so far, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday, making him an early favorite to be in the starting lineup at the July 14 midsummer classic in Cincinnati.

Harper has received 1,116,582 votes to date, edging out Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (1,113,060) as the league’s top vote-getter and well ahead of all other NL outfielders. St. Louis’ Matt Holliday (979,008) and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (746,926) rank second and third behind Harper in the outfield, with San Francisco’s Nori Aoki (441,407) a distant fourth.

Harper is seeking his third All-Star selection in four major-league seasons, his second starting assignment. (Fans also voted him into the lineup in 2013.)

No other Nationals position players rank in the top five right now, which is testament to Harper’s immense appeal around the country, not only in D.C. Voting is taking place online-only this season for the first time in the history of All-Star balloting.

  1. rlndtln - May 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    No other Nat is in the top 5.Show me 5 better catchers than Buffalo.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      +1

    • jd - May 27, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      I have him 4th behind Norris, Possey and Molina.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        I think that’s fair but some would say Buster is putting up his numbers bolstered as a 1st baseman. I’m ok with it. Let’s see where we are in 30 days.

  2. Joe Seamhead - May 27, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Harper is a gimme for the ASG. I’d sure like to see Denard Span get a little recognition for this year, and last year.

    • jd - May 27, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      Seamhead,

      Span is really right there among outfielders. Only Harper and possibly Joc Patterson have had clearly superior 1st quarters. Pollock and Aoki have also been very good and Stanton has good power numbers but Span has to be in the conversation, no doubt.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:06 PM

        Expect snubs. Anthony Rendon didn’t make it last year. Expect Scherzer and Storen and Harper as 3 for the Nats if they all continue their dominance.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    “Harper has received 1,116,582 votes to date, edging out Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (1,113,060) as the league’s top vote-getter”

    I think Matt Carpenter is on the ballot as a third baseman. Dee Gordon is the second baseman.

    Look at all of the Cardinals and only 1 Nat.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - May 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    ASG voting is only marginally about this year’s performance. More about a combination of name recognition, past performance, size of the fan base for individual teams, and get-out-the-vote efforts by individual teams.

  5. natsdial8 - May 27, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Maybe we can get 34 off that stupid over- rated survey 🙂

    • adcwonk - May 27, 2015 at 5:39 PM

      Or . . . .

      Perhaps the new line is that he’s overrated by the players *and* the fans! 😉

  6. nats128 - May 27, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/126717994/5-royals-are-in-line-to-start-all-star-game-after-first-all-star-ballot-update-mike-trout-second-in-outfield

    Notice how no Oreos are on top since they eliminated the paper ballots. Im thinking many dont have computers. It was a complete mockery of the system last year to vote in Matt Wieters who was already on the DL for the season when the 1st vote came out and he played all of 26 games.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Nationals: Jayson Stark says Max Scherzer is NL 1st-quarter Cy Young; “He’s dominated in all nine starts he’s made” -via ESPN http://es.pn/app

    • Eric - May 27, 2015 at 4:18 PM

      Jonah Keri agrees.
      http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-2015-mlb-quarter-season-awards-mike-trout-bryce-harper-sonny-gray-max-scherzer/

      He also dubs Bryce the 1st quarter NL MVP.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:21 PM

        That’s clear on Bryce unless you’re a hater.

      • Eric - May 27, 2015 at 4:21 PM

        This is worth quote from Keri is worth repeating:

        “For kicks, I used Baseball-Reference Play Index to see how many players in their age-22 season or younger have posted an OPS+ of 200 or better. …

        Ted Williams. Bryce Harper. That’s the list.”

        I feel extremely lucky to be witnessing his season so far. Keep it up, Harp!!!

      • Eric - May 27, 2015 at 4:23 PM

        I agree it’d clear, Ghost, it’s just nice that he’s finally getting such full-throated accolades after all his trials and tribulations the last two years.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/12960731/first-quarter-awards-bryce-harper-dallas-keuchel-joc-pederson

        Here is Stark’s complete list with Harp as NL MVP.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        Eric – There will be some haters that wouldn’t vote today for Harper with a #1 vote if the MVP was held today.

        BTW, great list of 2: Ted Williams and Harper

      • Joe Seamhead - May 27, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        Heck, I’m already thinking not just MVP, but that the kid could conceivably win the Triple Crown this year.

      • nats128 - May 27, 2015 at 4:49 PM

        I like what Joe is thinking. Triple Crown. Why not but doubtful unless Dee Gordon has a total collapse.

      • therealjohnc - May 27, 2015 at 5:13 PM

        Although let’s not get carried away by the two person list of Harper & Ted Williams. Williams did it over a six month season. Harper is about to finish the first two months of the season. There’s a long way to go.

      • Eric - May 27, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        Agreed, johnc, hence my comment below:

        “It’s really exciting and kinda nerve wracking. It’s getting to the point where every Harper at bat feels almost like a full game unto itself.”

        In any case, even just two months of that level of play has been a real treat to watch.

    • Eric - May 27, 2015 at 4:39 PM

      This list ain’t too bad, either (from Stark’s article):

      “…if [Harper] somehow keeps up this pace, he’d finish this season with 60 home runs, 96 extra-base hits, 141 walks, 148 RBIs and 141 runs scored. In the history of baseball, you know how many guys have ever put up that stat line (or thereabouts) in any season? Exactly one. Babe Ruth. In 1921. Who was not 22 at the time. Crazy, right?”

      Is nothing else, the chance to watch two months if Williams- and Ruth-level baseball has been a real treat. I almost don’t even want to think about how the rest of the season will go. It’s really exciting and kinda nerve wracking. It’s getting to the point where every Harper at bat feels almost like a full game unto itself.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        The HR pace is nuts to think he could be on a 60 HR pace.

        Also consider what happens to the lineup when Rendon returns and eventually a healthy Werth.

      • Tyler Babip - May 27, 2015 at 4:51 PM

        Ghost, I think about that often.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:57 PM

        I don’t like Escobar in the 3 and I don’t like Desmond in the 2 and Werth and RZim haven’t been hitting well enough to justify their spots.

        Span
        Escobar
        Rendon
        Harper

        are my #1 to #4 and try to figure the rest.

      • jd - May 27, 2015 at 5:05 PM

        Ghost,

        Statistically, the 3 spot is less impactful than 1,2 and 4 simply because of how often you come up with 2 outs and no one on, I think Rendon would be wasted in that spot. I agree with you about Escobar and especially Desmond. I would do:

        Span
        Rendon
        Werth
        Harper
        Zim
        Escobar
        Desmond
        Ramos

        I am assuming Werth and Zim return to their career norms.

      • jd - May 27, 2015 at 5:07 PM

        Also,

        I don’t think Ramos season offensively has been nearly as good as the peripheral numbers made it appear. Both his OBP and slugging are very pedestrian.

      • adcwonk - May 27, 2015 at 5:46 PM

        Statistically, the 3 spot is less impactful than 1,2 and 4 simply because of how often you come up with 2 outs and no one on,

        That’s one way of looking at it.

        The way I prefer to look at it is: #3 gets about 10% more plate appearances, and so I’d rather have Bryce batting 3rd.

        I’ll pick the biggest names mentioned in this thread and simply note:

        Both Babe Ruth and Ted Williams batted mostly third in their career.

        Willie Mays and Albert Pujols, too.

        Just sayin’

  8. senators69 - May 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Off Topic: I heard a nice interview with Tanner Roark on the Chad Dukes radio show today. Tanner comes across as a really great guy, happy to pitch as much and wherever he can. Has a nice approach / theory to the game that I hope would rub off on Stras. In a day, the segment will probably be available to hear at this URL: http://washington.cbslocal.com/audio/chad-dukes-vs-the-world/

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      The part about the posture of Matt Thornton was a great part of the segment. It’s very true. I also liked Tanner’s vote of confidence on Strasburg.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - May 27, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Cespedes must not had watched his fellow countrymen Yunel Escobar last night because he just got TOOTBLAN’d trying to steal 3rd and was easily thrown out by the pitcher.

  10. Eugene in Oregon - May 27, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    One more ASG post and then I’ll drop it until next season:

    — The notion of listing every team’s starter (as of about April 15) on the ballot is absurd. You end up with Michael Morse as a candidate for 1B in the NL and Stephen Drew as a candidate for 2B in the AL.

    — There’s no (good) reason they can’t wait until at least May 15 to start the balloting. Better yet, May 31. That still gives them at least six to eight weeks, which is more time than most countries use for parliamentary elections.

    — There’s no (good) reason they can’t have the same folks who vote on ‘player of the week’ (and such) pick the top five or six performers at each position (with proportionately more for OFs, SPs, and RPs) in each league.

    — Let ’em cheat a little to make sure every team has at least two or three candidates on the overall ballot..

    • thelatencn - May 27, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      I was wondering who picks the players of the week. Anybody know?

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