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Chipper Jones named to all-star team, Bryce Harper moves to second in Final Vote


This afternoon, Harper was in third place behind Jones and Cardinals outfielder David Freese in the fan runoff to choose the final player on the National League’s roster. With Jones on the team, Harper effectively moved to second place.

Harper’s increased odds to make the Midsummer Classic in his rookie season may unsettle the Nationals. Harper, 19, has been playing through a sore back and could use both the mental and physical rest. Johnson said flatly he hopes Harper does not make the team.

Harper said Sunday he would vote for Jones, and today Manager Davey Johnson agreed that Jones, a 19-year veteran in his final season, deserves a spot.

“Chipper should be on it, period,” Johnson said. “Not somebody with 200 at-bats, first year. But that’s just my way of thinking.”

With Jones now on the team, Harper still needs to beat out Freese, Braves outfielder Michael Bourn and Diamondbacks infielder Aaron Hill.

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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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