Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon will remain home for the All-Star Game, barring a last-minute injury, after losing the National League final vote. Rendon finished fourth on the five-player ballot, far behind winner Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
The Nationals have failed to land an extra all-star through the final vote in five consecutive seasons. From 2010 through 2013, Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Bryce Harper (who eventually made it as an injury replacement in 2012) and Ian Desmond all lost the final vote.
Rendon still posted an all-star quality first half. While toggling ably between third base and second base, Rendon is hitting .284/.340/.491 with 13 homers, 62 runs and 52 RBI. He ranks ninth among all National League position players in wins above replacement (per FanGraphs) with 3.3. Teammates believed he should have made the team and were particularly aggrieved that Cardinals’ third baseman Matt Carpenter, a choice of Manager Mike Matheny, made it over him.
Soft-spoken and allergic to attention, Rendon viewed the final vote with indifference, as if he might prefer three days off at home in Houston. Tuesday at Nationals Park, every member of the roster wore a T-shirt with #VoteRendon etched on the front except for Rendon. Rendon’s ability probably means he’ll have to go to the All-Star Game some year. It just won’t happen next week.