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Harper loses Final Vote to Freese

Jul 5, 2012, 9:12 PM EST

Despite a furious, last-minute campaign by the Nationals, Bryce Harper lost the NL "Final Vote" competition to Cardinals third baseman David Freese and thus won't appear in next week's All-Star Game unless he's a late injury substitution.

Freese won the online voting competition, Major League Baseball announced this afternoon, beating out Harper, Braves outfielder Michael Bourn and Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill.

Harper actually finished third, behind Freese and Bourn.

Though the Nationals' PR and marketing departments ran an aggressive campaign online and on Twitter, trying to encourage fans to vote for the 19-year-old outfielder, the baseball operations arm actually preferred he get to take the All-Star break off. Having started all but one game since he made his debut April 28,Read more »

  1. waddu eye no - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    All good

  2. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    I'm with Davey. The kid's been in the league a couple of months.

  3. John C. - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Meh. Fan voting is a joke. One reason that Bourn finished ahead of Harper is that, after Chipper was named to the team, Braves fan web sites were posting guides on how to set your android or iPhone to bombard the site with text votes. One guy said he was up to 15,000 votes per day.It's crap like that that gets Sandoval picked over David Wright. It's not fan voting, it's computer voting – it's hard to see how that makes the ASG a better product.

  4. John C. - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Although on merit I'd have picked Bourn over Freese, and probably over Harper as well (note I said that "one reason" Bourn won was the automated voting – Bourn has had one heckuva first half). Freese has more RBI than Harper, but Harper has been hitting in the #2 slot; Freese is in an RBI spot in the batting order.

  5. natsfan1a - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I'm with Davey and sec3. Also, and as previously posted, now he gets to see his folks and pup, and get some home cooking. I have a feeling that there will be plenty of such games in his future. Freese is also a bit of a feel-good story, imo.

  6. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    As noted by many, Bryce Harper is likely to have multiple All Star opportunities. But this may be Adam LaRoche's best chance. It would be nice to see him get the Joey Votto spot, assuming it actually opens up.

  7. JaneB - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:34 AM


  8. rabbit34 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I definately agree that fan voting is a huge joke. But, I do agree that Harper NOT making the Allstar game is fair. Even stuffing a ballot box can turn out right.





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