(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

For the sixth consecutive year, the Nationals have a player in the All-Star Game Final Vote, the gimmicky campaign that enables fans to vote among five players in each league to determine the final roster spots for the Midsummer Classic.

One could make the case that Rafael Soriano was the most deserving Nationals player not named to the National League roster announced Sunday, but infielder Anthony Rendon (#VoteRendon) is the one vying to join Jordan Zimmermann in Minnesota via the Final Vote. He’s already got a lot of support.

The Nationals and White Sox have formed an alliance via Twitter in an effort to boost the vote totals of Rendon and Chicago ace Chris Sale, whose omission from the American League roster was a surprise. In addition to #VoteRendon, you may see a lot of #TargetSale, a nod to Target Field, the site of this year’s all-star game, until voting ends at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Sale isn’t the only athlete backing Rendon. He’s also been endorsed by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Teammate Ian Desmond even vowed to grow a rally mullet, which Rendon sported for part of last season, for the cause. 


#VoteRendon. Do it for the rally mullet. (Via Fox)

Desmond is familiar with the Final Vote after losing out to Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman last season. 

Here’s a look at the Nationals’ Final Vote history.

2013
Nationals Candidate:
Ian Desmond
Final Vote Winner: Freddie Freeman, Braves

2012
Nationals Candidate:
Bryce Harper*
Final Vote Winner: David Freese, Cardinals
*Harper was later named an injury replacement for Giancarlo Stanton.

2011
Nationals Candidate:
Mike Morse
Final Vote Winner: Shane Victorino, Phillies

2010
Nationals Candidate:
Ryan Zimmerman
Final Vote Winner: Joey Votto, Reds

2009
Nationals Candidate:
Cristian Guzman
Final Vote Winner: Shane Victorino, Phillies