June 7, 2012

Washington, why aren’t you voting? There’s a hot contest going on, and you’re letting cities across the country roll over you. For shame!

The Washington Nationals are in first place in the National League East, and they have been there pretty much all season. They have the second-best record in the National League. But when Major League Baseball announced Tuesday its All-Star voting update, how many Nationals were in first place for their position? None.

How many Nationals were among the top five contenders for a starting position in next month’s All-Star game? Only one — Adam LaRoche came in fifth at first base, with 331,772 votes. In first place was Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds with 1,314,516 votes. Who casts the votes? Fans do.

Why haven’t we put these Nationals into contention on the All-Star ballot: Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Steve Lombardozzi, Bryce Harper, Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse and Jesus Flores?

Texas Rangers fans have put six of their players into contention to start for the American League; four hold first-place spots, as of the MLB update.

Washington fans, you can vote at Nationals Park until June 22 and online until June 28. You can vote online 25 times. Fans select the MLB All-Star starting teams. Can’t we show our appreciation for this fantastic Nationals team?

Mary Knudson, Silver Spring