Washington Post sports columnist Tom Boswell opened his weekly online chat Monday by answering a question about the Nationals’ lack of representation on the National League all-star team. Boswell’s full answer is worth a read, but there was a particular note that caught my eye:
The Nats have players like LaRoche and Rendon who can probably use the four days to get fresh for the second half. But LaRoche has NEVER made an All-Star team, not even the year (’12) when he ended up sixth for MVP!
I mentioned this to Werth. He said, “WHAT!!???”
LaRoche has driven in 83 to 100 runs six times and is on pace to do it again. For a first baseman, that’s “not quite AS.” But he’d make a great last-minute add to the team if a first baseman gets hurt or begs out.
I shared some of Werth’s surprise that LaRoche had never made an all-star team, though his tendency to start the season cold and finish hot hasn’t helped his chances most years. Out of curiosity, I went back and looked at the the Nationals’ history of all-stars. In six of the franchise’s first nine years in Washington, the Nationals only sent one player to the all-star game. For several of those years, it would’ve taken me several guesses to name the Nats player who made the team.
How well do you remember your Nationals all-stars? The interactive ballot below includes four Nationals candidates for each year, including the player(s) who actually made the team. (Four is the highest number of players the Nationals have ever sent to the Midsummer Classic. I chose players from each year’s roster, but the candidates who didn’t make the team weren’t necessarily selected based on how deserving I thought they were. That said, you won’t find Junior Spivey on this ballot.)
Can you identify the player(s) who made the all-star team? Hover over the ballot to reveal the answers.
UPDATE: Tyler Clippard was added as an injury replacement this year.
I had completely forgotten that Dmitri Young and Cristian Guzman made the all-star game in consecutive years. And if you had asked me how many all-star games Ryan Zimmerman has made, I wouldn’t have guessed one (or the same number as Matt Capps).
Washington Nationals All-Stars Through the Years
Chad Cordero, Livan Hernandez
Ian Desmond, Gio Gonzalez, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg
Bryce Harper, Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard