Anthony Rendon said Sunday he would not campaign for himself to make the All-Star Game through the five-player final fan vote, and Monday night he added that he does not even pay attention to those who campaign for him. “I don’t have social media,” Rendon said. “So I can’t keep up with it.”
Rendon may have boosted his case with a two-run homer and a sensational defensive play at second base in the Nationals’ 8-2, 11-inning loss Monday night. But in MLB’s first reveal of the vote, which ends Thursday at 4 p.m., Rendon ranks fourth in the National League behind Justin Morneau, Anthony Rizzo and Justin Upton. Rendon leads only Miami third baseman Casey McGehee.
Left-hander Chris Sale leads in the American League. The Nationals have teamed with the White Sox in an effort to boost totals for each player, but it’s worked far better for Sale than Rendon. The Nationals have three times failed to land a player in the All-Star Game on the final vote : Michael Morse in 2011, Bryce Harper in 2012 (although he made it as an injury replacement) and Ian Desmond in 2013.
Rendon has expressed indifference about making the All-Star Game, although teammates suspect under the surface he would cherish the nod. It looks like the only chance he’ll have to make it to Minnesota would come via injury replacement.