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Harper seeking hometown All-Star appearance

Slugger has made All-Star team five previous times; leads NL in homers, walks
MLB.com @JamalCollier

ATLANTA -- The first All-Star Game in the history of Nationals Park will be a chance for the host team to showcase its ballpark and the surrounding area in D.C., and a chance for the Nats' biggest stars to showcase their talent. The 2018 All-Star ballot launched Friday giving fans a chance to vote their favorite Nationals into the game to play in front of their home ballpark for the 89th Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, July 17.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

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ATLANTA -- The first All-Star Game in the history of Nationals Park will be a chance for the host team to showcase its ballpark and the surrounding area in D.C., and a chance for the Nats' biggest stars to showcase their talent. The 2018 All-Star ballot launched Friday giving fans a chance to vote their favorite Nationals into the game to play in front of their home ballpark for the 89th Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, July 17.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

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The list is headlined by Bryce Harper, who is already a five-time All-Star at 25 years old and has started in the game for three consecutive seasons. Harper has also said that if he is selected to his sixth All-Star team this summer, he plans to participate in the Home Run Derby.

It could be a sight to see: the National League's home run leader launching moonshots into the upper decks of Nationals Park. Harper has certainly earned consideration for the game -- despite a relatively low batting average, his power numbers have been consistent, and he leads the NL in walks, driving a strong on-base percentage.

As one of the game's most exciting players and biggest stars, Harper thrives on stages such as this one. But he is not the only Nationals player appearing on the ballot, as Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy (who has yet to play in the Majors this season), Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Matt Wieters, Matt Adams and Michael A. Taylor all have a chance to get elected by the fans, as well.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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