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This year's National League All-Star team is serving seriously good dog content. But who are the best boys?


This year's National League All-Star team is serving seriously good dog content. But who are the best boys?

The dog days of summer are here, and with them come the MLB All-Star game. Washington will host a multitude of events this week, culminating in the All-Star game on Tuesday night.

As we approach the main event, we've seen countless takes on who did or didn't deserve to make the All-Star roster, who was snubbed, who might be a standout. But we haven't seen anything on the furry friends that support their humans day in and day out in such a strenuous, long-seasoned sport. And honestly? They deserve a shout-out too.

Below, a ranking of the best dogs among the National League's All-Stars. Keep in mind that although all dogs are good dogs, for the purposes of this, we had to narrow them down by their stories, how photogenic they are, and other social-media friendly criteria. Players with dogs unbeknownst to us were not counted. 

Disqualified: Freddie Freeman (1B, Braves)

Freeman's cat Nala seems like a very charming and capable copilot, but she is, well, a cat. We have to turn her down from participating in this competition. Sorry, buddy.

Honorable mention: Willson Contreras (C, Cubs)

Though Contreras has no dogs of his own, he does love interacting with them. These photos from a 2016 Iowa Cubs AAA game are more than enough to earn him a nod.

Honorable mention: Joey Votto (1B, Reds)

Votto doesn't have social media and has never brought his dog to work. However, in a 2015 interview, he did wax poetic about how much he loves the support and companionship that dog ownership provides. The one-minute clip feels like a big hug.

10. Bryce Harper (RF, Nationals)

Look, we love Harper. We really do. But naming a dog after an opposing team's stadum seems traitorous. Considering Bryce's track record of supporting out-of town teams, it isn't a great sign. His dog Wrigley comes in dead last.

9. J.T. Realmuto (C, Marlins)

Realmuto also named his dog after an opposing team or stadium. I know the name Dodger is fairly generic, but if you're planning to play in the majors, you should probably think this through.

8. Brandon Crawford (SS, Giants)

Crawford has two adorable Shih-tzu mixes. But, to their credit, it's hard to outshine several even more adorable children. They kind of get lost in the photo.

7. Sean Doolittle (LHP, Nationals)

Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan have what they described in a WTOP interview as two "gassy" lab mixes named Stella and Sophia. Regardless of how much they may stink, they're so darn lovable and they match so well. How could you resist?

6. Scooter Gennett (2B, Reds)

For Spring Training this year, Gennett worried about his dog Leo not faring so well on a plane, so he opted for a 32 hour RV road trip. For a fluffy goldendoodle face like this, we would probably do anything, too.

5. Javier Baez (2B, Cubs)

In an interview last year, Puerto Rico native Javy Baez touched on what it's like to be a dad to five (five!) very sweet pitbulls. We're sure that Kimbo, Luna, Sniper, Pablo and Olga are all angels, but we could only find photos of Kimbo, which knocks Baez way down in the rankings. If there was more content for us to rate, Javy and his five babies would be at the top of the list.

#Kimbo , Im still looking. 😂

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4. Mike Foltynewicz (RHP, Braves)

The Foltynewicz family actually has three “fur babies” – Griffey, a cavalier-bichon mix, Rookie, a Great Dane, and a third dog whose name we couldn’t uncover, but he looks like a toy breed. It’s the perfect small, medium, and extra large situation.

Fur baby number 3 🤗 #griffey #cavachon

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3. Buster Posey (C, Giants)

The Poseys happen to have one of the most beautiful spaniels of all time. Their dog is named Chapin, after a beach in Cape Cod, where Posey played a short stint in the community's summer league. Every photo of this dog looks more like a professional portrait than a zany candid. To make things even better, commenters on Chapin's photos frequently share stories of how they named their Springer spaniels after Posey. If that doesn't show a die-hard love for both baseball and dogs, I don't know what does.

Family mascot #chapin

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2. Patrick Corbin (LHP, Diamondbacks)

In Februrary, Corbin adopted a German shepherd puppy named Ace. Every three or four weeks since, he's posted a growing-up pupdate to show off how quickly Ace is getting bigger. It melts anyone's heart to see a puppy growing into a big dog, but it's even better when the progress is measured in how hard it is to hold the dog like a baby. Check out the five-post series of our favorite solo NL dog below.


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Ace is getting big! #nationalpuppyday

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One month later...

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Family photo day 🐕

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1. Max Scherzer (RHP, Nationals)

The Scherzer family counts four rescue dogs, Bo, Rafi, Rocco, and Max! All except Rafi have one blue eye and one brown eye, the same as Scherzer himself! It isn’t quite in line with genetics principles, but everything worked out regardless. Four dogs and an adorable baby seems like a busy household to us! 

In addition to all this mix-and-match cuteness, Scherzer and his wife Erica team up with the Humane Rescue Alliance in DC every year to raise money and spread awareness of available rescue dogs. Their dedication to dogs who just need a loving home – and willingness to be that home – makes the Scherzers our winning candidates.


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John Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals


John Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals

ST. LOUIS -- Even John Gant cracked a smile.

Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.

Kolten Wong had three hits and three RBIs as St. Louis (65-55) pulled within four games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs and moved within one game of the Philadelphia Phillies for the second NL wild card. The Cardinals also improved to 18-9 since Mike Shildt was named interim manager on July 13, the most wins for a manager through his first 27 games in franchise history.

"Things are starting to click for us," Wong said. "We're playing confident. We're out there playing aggressive and I think it's the kind of baseball Cardinals fans have been waiting for."

The Nationals (60-60) have dropped six of eight to fall eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East.

"We've just got to keep pulling the same rope, keep grinding it out, keep trying to win ballgames," Nationals slugger Bryce Harper said.

Gant (5-4) permitted four hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings. He has given up just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings in his last two starts, both wins.

The 26-year-old Gant was 0 for 30 for his career when he drove a 1-1 pitch from Gio Gonzalez (7-9) over the wall in left in the second. The two-run shot gave Washington a 3-0 lead.

"I was jogging kind of my hands in the air," said Wong, who scored on Gant's homer. "I already knew it was going out. Looking back I think he almost caught me."

Added Gant, "I thought it was going to hit the wall maybe but when I finally looked up and (Wong) was looking back at me, that's when I knew it was going over the wall."

Gant, who has a reputation for being a stoic player, admitted to smiling "once or twice" once he got back to the dugout.

Wong's solo homer made it 6-1 in the sixth, but Washington responded with three in the eighth. Harper hit a two-run shot, and Daniel Murphy singled in Anthony Rendon.

Matt Adams then struck out looking against Dakota Hudson, ending the inning, and Jordan Hicks worked the ninth for his fourth save in eight chances.

Paul DeJong also doubled and scored for St. Louis one night after he connected for a game-ending homer in a 7-6 victory. Matt Carpenter walked in the sixth to extend his on-base streak to 32 games.

"We have a 25-man roster and we have confidence in all of them," Shildt said. "They're here for a reason and guys are looking to contribute every night and in different ways."

Gonzalez was charged with five runs and five hits in four innings. The veteran left-hander is just 1-4 in his last six starts.

"I wasn't hitting my spots," Gonzalez said. "Just not being as consistent in the strike zone as I should be. It's just one of those games you can't explain."


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Nationals place Ryan Madson on 10-day DL


Nationals place Ryan Madson on 10-day DL

Ryan Madson is the latest Washington National headed to the DL, turning the team's relief pitching rotation upside down even more than it already is. 

According to MASN's Dan Kolko, the 37-year-old is nursing a "lumbar nerve root irritation" injury and will sit out for 10 days. 

In response, the team has named Koda Glover as the closer, who was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse Wednesday. 

Glover gave up a game-ending solo blast to the Cardinals' Kevin DeJong Monday night. 

The night before, Madson was on the other end of David Bote's walk-off grand slam in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs. 

As for Tuesday night, Glover's status remains unknown.