Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond failed to make the National League all-star team despite an outstanding first half, but he could still make the team as one of five players on the Final Vote ballot.
Desmond entered Saturday leading qualified NL shortstops in home runs (15), RBI (49), slugging percentage (.506) and extra-base hits. Desmond, 27, has made only two fielding errors since April 21 and reeled of a 59-game errorless streak at one point. On Friday, Manager Davey Johnson speculated would “for sure” make the team.
Desmond fell victim to a strong crop of NL shortstops, headlined by starter Troy Tulowitzki. Desmond’s 3.0 wins above replacement entering Saturday placed him behind the Padres’ Everth Cabrera (3.5) and Brewers rookie Jean Segura (3.4).
Desmond was named an all-star last year, but he could not play in the game because of an oblique injury.
Desmond could still make the NL team. Desmond will compete against Dodgers phenon Yaisel Puig, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Closer Rafael Soriano was the only other National not selected with a case to make the all-star team. He ranks tied for second in the NL with 23 saves to go with a 2.25 ERA.
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