Anthony Rendon has expressed indifference about making the All-Star Game via the Final Vote, which should soften the blow if the Nationals infielder doesn’t make a late charge from his current fourth-place position before voting ends at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Rendon isn’t on Twitter and said he wouldn’t campaign for himself, but his teammates and the Nationals’ front office have picked up the slack with #VoteRendon T-shirts, tweets and an incentive for fans to vote.
— F.P. Santangelo (@FightinHydrant) July 8, 2014
Fans who vote for Rendon 21 or more times via the online ballot are eligible to receive 50 percent off the regular full price of up to two tickets to one of nine upcoming Nationals home games, including the Braves series from Sept. 8 to 10.
Meanwhile, Rendon continues to campaign for the other half of the Nationals-White Sox Final Vote alliance, Chicago pitcher Chris Sale.
Here’s a look at how Rendon’s competition has campaigned thus far.
Leading Vote-Getter: Justin Morneau, Rockies
Mourneau has led the National League’s Final Vote from the start and it’s not difficult to understand why. He was a fan favorite in Minnesota for the first 10 years of his career before being trading to Pittsburgh last season, so he has support from both the Rockies’ and Twins’ fan bases.
Second-Leading Vote-Getter: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
The Racing Presidents should’ve finished the job when Clark was in town.
Third-Leading Vote-Getter: Justin Upton, Braves
Sports Illustrated cover models stick together.
Fifth-Leading Vote-Getter: Casey McGehee, Marlins
#VoteHitsMcGehee doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue like #VoteRendon, but the Marlins third baseman has support from Japan, where he played last season.
— 楽天イーグルス (@Rakuten__Eagles) July 9, 2014