Michael Morse finishes fourth in the final vote; might Danny Espinosa have a chance at the All-Star Game?


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.”

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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