WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is in third place in the first update of the National League Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote ballot, trailing Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who has garnered 6.7 million votes, in the five-player contest. Cubs third baseman and reigning NL MVP Kristopher
WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is in third place in the first update of the National League Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote ballot, trailing Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who has garnered 6.7 million votes, in the five-player contest. Cubs third baseman and reigning NL MVP Kristopher Bryant is in second place. The 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
Rendon's teammates were stunned that he was left off the 2017 NL All-Star team and have pushed for him to be voted in, even as Rendon has actively avoided the topic himself. Around the clubhouse Tuesday morning, players and coaches wore T-shirts with Rendon's face in the middle that said, "Anthony is my favorite player."
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Daniel Murphy called Rendon an "under-the-radar superstar." Max Scherzer said it was hard for him to swallow that he was not joining him on the team. The Nationals have launched a campaign for Rendon through their official Twitter account. Fans can show their support for Rendon by tweeting with #VoteRendon, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes #VoteRendon will count toward his vote total.
Nationals players are 0-for-5 through the years in the Final Vote, including Rendon, who came up short in 2014 when he finished fourth out of five. However, this year, Nationals' fans voted in three players to start the 2017 All-Star Game (Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper), the most in club history. Perhaps they can lead a charge to help Rendon pull off a come-from-behind victory in the Final Vote as well.
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Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.
Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.
On Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.