First baseman Michael Morse finished fourth in the Final Player to make the All-Star game, behind Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier and Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. Morse finished ahead of Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy.
Morse campaigned until the bitter end. He implored Matt Stairs to vote for him with text messages in the clubhouse today. When a reporter approach Stairs, he said, “I can’t talk. I’m trying to get Mike into the All-Star Game.”
Victorino might be headed to the disabled list with a sore thumb. If Victorino can’t play in the All-Star Game, Ethier, the second-place finisher, would presumably go in his place.
As Morse’s shot to make the game evaporated, another campaign started in the Nationals clubhouse. Jerry Hairston, currently on the disabled list with a broken bone in his wrist, walked through and made the case for second baseman Danny Espinosa to replace Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, who is on the disabled list. “Sixteen and 50 for a second baseman,” Hairston said, referring to Espinosa’s home run and RBI totals. “That’s an all-star. Write it down.”