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Rendon, Soto, three other Nationals snubbed in All-Star Game voting

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Rendon, Soto, three other Nationals snubbed in All-Star Game voting

Major League Baseball announced the finalists in the 2019 All-Star Game fan voting on Friday, but none of the Washington Nationals made the list, though some came close. 

Most notably, Anthony Rendon came in fifth in the list of National League third basemen moving on to the final round of fan voting. The Nats third baseman was just under 700,000 votes away from third place and an All-Star honor. 

Juan Soto came in 16th in the list of National League outfielders, almost half a million votes behind the last qualifying position, ninth (nabbed by the Dodgers' Joc Pederson, with 961,515 votes). 

Both shortstop Trea Turner and second baseman Brian Dozier finished ninth in their respective positions, while Yan Gomes finished 10th amongst National League catchers. 

The other notable name left off the final list of All-Stars this year is Bryce Harper, who, in his first season with the Phillies, finished 10th amongst outfielders and just over 130,000 votes away from an All-Star bid. It is also Harper's first year since 2014 where he hasn't made the All-Star roster. 

Fans can vote between June 26 and 27 to determine which of the qualifying players will start the All-Star Game on July 9 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Nationals Twitter trolls Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper

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Nationals Twitter trolls Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper had a rough Thursday night, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts as the Nationals finished off a sweep of the Phillies.

And the Nats aren't gonna let Harper soon forget about it.

The Nats tweeted out "condensed footage" of Thursday night's game on Friday morning, which as it turned out, was just a compilation of Harper's three strikeouts. 

It may not be the content Harper wants to see, but it's certainly something Nats fans still angry at Harper for leaving D.C. will heartily enjoy. Ain't nothing like a spoonful of schadenfreude to help the medicine go down. 

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2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Harper struggles early, Rendon, Soto need fan support

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2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Harper struggles early, Rendon, Soto need fan support

When the MLB published the first returns of the National League All-Star Game preliminary voting results Tuesday, there were a few familiar names on the list, including one that, surprisingly, didn't receive as many votes as expected. 

That's right, former Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper is on track to not make the All-Star roster this year, his first with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Harper has, so far, only received 242,719 votes, the tenth-most of any National League outfielder. But, under the new All-Star Game voting rules, only the top nine outfielder move on to the next round of voting. That said, Harper is only 269 votes behing the Dodgers Alex Verdugo, the ninth-place outfielder. 

The former Nat is currently slashing .251/.356/.466 with 11 homers.

Of the four current Nationals that made the updated list, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto are the closest to making the next round of voting, though an outpouring of support will be needed in order for the pair to advance. 

Soto, only 80,000 votes behind Harper, has the 12th-most voted of National League outfielders (161,939) and could potentially move on to the second round of voting.

Washington's young outfielder is currently batting .286 with 10 homers so far, the third-most of all the Nationals. 

Just over 178,000 fans voted for Rendon so far, the fifth-most votes of any third baseman. But only the top-three vote getters advance to the next round of voting, and Rendon is close to 100,000 votes away from the third-place Justin Turner of the Dodgers.  

Rendon leads the Nats with 12 homers, 19 doubles and a .626 slugging percentage. 

The two other Nats on the list––second baseman Brian Dozier and shortstop Trea Turner, each have just over 65,000 votes and are in ninth and 10th place in their positions, respectively. 

Primary voting for the All-Star Game ballot ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21. Here's where fans can vote.