Pitchers Chad Cordero and Livan Hernandez will represent the Washington Nationals in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Detroit. But Manager Frank Robinson feels the organization did a poor job of promoting other candidates, such as outfielder Jose Guillen.
"We didn't get out and push these kids and vote for them," Robinson said. "We didn't promote them as a ballclub."
No Nationals position players ever appeared among the top five in fan voting, and Guillen wasn't among the top 15 outfielders. He went 0 for 4 in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, dropping his average to .306. He leads the Nationals with 17 homers and 49 RBI, numbers that ranked 12th and 20th, respectively, in the National League prior to Saturday.
"I just feel like, without them showing up in that vote, how then can you, as a manager, say I'm going to take this guy over all these guys?" Robinson said. "I don't think it would be fair, although I would have loved to have seen it."
Guillen said he would have liked to have been selected, but had moved on.
"I know what I can do, and I will rest, and prove it in the second half of the season," he said.
The Nationals' chances of landing Colorado outfielder Preston Wilson have waned, with the amount of money Washington would pay apparently the holdup, a source said Saturday. The Nationals have offered pitcher Zach Day and minor league outfielder J.J. Davis. General Manager Jim Bowden said only, "There is no trade."