"Nationals rookie Bryce Harper was named to the National League All-Star Game final five-man vote for the last spot on the roster. Harper, 19, was selected for the final ballot by National League All-Star Manager Tony LaRussa. Fans, however, will have until Thursday afternoon to vote online to cast their vote.
In his first season in the majors, Harper has been impressive. Despite a recent slump, he leads the Nationals in on-base percentage (.347) and is second in on-base plus slugging (.844). He is hitting .274 with 12 doubles, eight home runs and 22 runs batted in.
His on-base plus slugging percentage is 17th among NL outfielders, but the all-star game is also entertainment, and fans may want to see one of the game's best young and exciting players.
Harper is up for the final spot against Braves center fielder Michael Bourn, Cardinals infielder David Freese, Diamondbacks infielder Aaron Hill and Braves infielder Chipper Jones.
LaRussa hinted on the selection show on Sunday afternoon that he liked Jones, 40, a veteran and elder statesman of the National League who is playing in his final season. But the vote is entirely up to fans. Jones stands to be Harper's biggest competition for the vote."
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