October 23, 2014

Washington Nationals send three – with possible fourth – to 2012 All-Star Game

MLB announced the rosters for the 2012 All-Star Game on Sunday, to be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City July 10. For the first time since their relocation, the Washington Nationals will have three representatives and perhaps a fourth.

Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond were all named to the team, while Bryce Harper was included in the final fan ballot.

Strasburg and Desmond make their first All-Star Games, Gonzalez his second as he represented the Oakland A’s last season.

In the final fan ballot, Harper goes up against the Braves’ Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn, Diamondbacks shortstop Aaron Hill and Cardinals third baseman David Freese, last year’s World Series MVP.

Strasburg and Gonzalez have battled all season for the N.L. lead in strikeouts. The two starters have combined to go 19-6 for the team with the best record in the league, both featuring ERAs under 3.00. Desmond leads N.L. shortstops in extra-base hits, is second in home runs (13) and leads in RBIs (43). Harper, the 19-year old rookie, is hitting .274/.347/.475 with eight home runs, 22 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 56 games.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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