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All-Star door opens back up for Harper

Jul 3, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper doesn't have to contend with Chipper Jones in the Final Vote anymore.

He's spent the better part of the last three days insisting he didn't deserve to go to the All-Star Game over Chipper Jones, but Bryce Harper doesn't have to worry about that anymore. And the Nationals rookie outfielder might just wind up in Kansas City next week after all.

Major League Baseball announced this evening that Jones has been added to the NL All-Star roster, taking the spot of injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. That removes Jones from the five-man "Final Vote" competition that also includes Harper, and perhaps paves the way for the 19-year-old to win the online balloting process and a ticket to the Midsummer Classic.

Harper sat in third place when MLB released its first balloting results earlier today, behind Jones and Cardinals third baseman David Freese but ahead of Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill and BravesRead more ยป

  1. natsfan1a - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Chipper should have been on there from the get-go.

  2. JayB - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Time for a patented Rizzo injury….hip, back, finger….whatever it takes but Bryce needs to go home over the break….it is best of the team so that is what is best for Harper.

  3. JayB - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    As for Chipper……nobody should be in the all star game based on past work…..if he is such and icon…and in my book he is not….then he should be honorarily captain….he has not earned it this year….or for several years really.

  4. Tcostant - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    I hope Harper goes, I remember the nonsense that first year with Stras and he needed to wait until after tj surgery. He was a top sp at all star time in 2010.

  5. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    So, they didn't replace Chipper in the Vote-In list? Next question for Davey: If you don't think a rookie should go, and Chipper is off the list, NOW who are you voting for?

  6. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    As for "past work"–compared to what, future work? OF COURSE he goes in for past work. Question is, how far in the past do you go? Personally, I think career numbers are valid.

  7. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Put it another way: Just because the game is held annually, that doesn't mean career stats aren't valid to consider when voting. If a guy has a good year, maybe not the best at his position, maybe not even the second or third best, but he does it every year for 20 years, that kind of consistency is worth celebrating, and the ASG is one place they do that.

  8. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I'm with JayB on this one. Honorary captain, fine. But both Hill and Freese have had better years. I'll be Freese holds off the Harper charge, unless Chipper endorses Harper, which he might….

  9. NatsNutty - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Hey Section 222. Chipper already endorsed his teammate, Bourn, for the All-Star Final Vote. Did you REALLY, REALLY think he ever even considered endorsing Harper, REALLY?!?!?

  10. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Good points by sec3. :-)

  11. mayhemnsuz - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    So they tell Chipper he's in and he goes out and gets 5 hits in one game….

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