Found July 01, 2012 on Mr. Irrelevant:
MLB All-Star rosters have been announced, and they include three Nationals (Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond) and three Orioles (Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Jim Johnson). Both teams also have a guy in the mix for the Final Vote (Bryce Harper for the Nats, Jason Hammel for the O’s). The NL’s Final Vote is particular interesting as Harper is up against Chipper Jones, a sure-shot Hall of Famer in the final season of his career. If I’m Bud Selig, or Tony La Russa, or whoever’s in charge of such matters, I figure out a way to get both guys in there. Harper because fans want to see him, Jones because he deserves it. Of course, deserve’s got nothing to do with it. (Note: Matt Kemp probably won’t play, so the ideal outcome is for Jones to win the Final Vote and Harper to sub in for Kemp.) As for snubs, borderline cases could be made for Adam LaRoche, Jordan Zimmermann and Tyler Clippard, but I won’t make them; that’s Bob Carpenter’s job. Regardless, at least six Nationals a...

Chipper Jones praises Harper

Bryce Harper said he would vote for Chipper Jones and not himself for the final All-Star roster spot, so the retiring Brave went out of his way to compliment the Nationals star.

Bryce Harper asks ‘Clown Question Bro’ beer maker to raise money for slain officer

You may knock Bryce Harper for his perceived immaturity. Or for his inherent arrogance. Or for the way he handles the media. But what he’s doing for the family of a gunned-down police officer might make you want to change your opinion of him. Celena Hollis, a seven-year vet of the Denver Police Department and a single mother to a 12-year-old daughter, was shot and killed on Sunday...

Bryce Harper says he would vote for Chipper Jones over himself for All-Star Game

Bryce Harper is believed by many to be the favorite to win the annual MLB All-Star Game Final Vote out of the National League. His steepest competition will be Chipper Jones, who has said that this will be his last major league season meaning this would likely be his final All-Star appearance. Chipper has made seven All-Star teams in his 19-year career, and many believe number eight...

Bryce Harper still could make it to first All-Star Game

Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Ian Desmond are All-Stars. Bryce Harper could be too. Go here to vote for Harper in the NL Final Vote early and often. And don't listen to Harper, who is apparently voting Chipper Jones: "I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star Game his last year. If I was going to make a vote, I'd go vote for...

Bryce Harper – classy ????

During his brief playing career there’s been one word I never thought I’d hear associated with Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and that’s classy. Well that’s all changed thanks to Atlanta Braves future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones. The two are set to battle in one of the closest final All-Star Roster voting spots in history. Bryce is the young phenom, a...

Bryce Harper, Chipper Jones Final Vote Battle Exposes Flaws in MLB All-Star Game

This season's National League Final Vote has its usual field of five candidates, but let's be real here, it's essentially a two-horse race between 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper and 40-year-old future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones. The truth, however, is that neither player deserves an All-Star nod. If we're voting based on entertainment value, yes, Harper deserves...

Bryce Harper Says He Would Vote for Chipper Jones in All-Star Game Final Vote Contest

Bryce Harper, in all likelihood, will play in a whole bunch of All-Star Games. So there's not a huge rush to make his first Midsummer Classic appearance this season, especially considering who he'll have to beat out to earn the bid. Harper is one of five National League players on the Final Vote ballot for inclusion into next week's All-Star Game. Fans will have a chance...

Orioles and Nationals team up to have fans vote for Beltways Ballot of Hammel and Harper for ...

    Orioles and Nationals team up to have fans vote for Beltways Ballot of Hammel and Harper for the All-Star Game The Orioles and Washington Nationals have partnered in an effort to help send the “Beltways Ballot” of RHP JASON HAMMEL and OF BRYCE HARPER to Kansas City for this year’s All-Star Game. Hammel and Harper are candidates on Major League Baseball’s...

Bryce Harper fan remakes Justin Bieber song, "If I Was Bryce Harper's Girlfriend" (Video)

We've seen some pretty terrible song parodies here on Outside the Boxscore but this one deserves its own post to stand on its own. Check out this Nationals fanatic who decided to do an ode to Bryce Harper using Justin Bieber's new hit, "Boyfriend". It's called, "If I Was Bryce Harper's Girlfriend": (Courtesy of Nats Enquirer)


Fans of the game, young and old; you have a job to do. Send Bryce Harper to the All-Star Game in Kansas City via the Final Vote. DO IT. And don’t slack. It’s good for the game.

Evaluating the Final Vote

All Star Game 2012 Final Vote time is upon us (ballot here).The only politics we like to discuss are voting for baseball (Hall of Fame, Gold Gloves, etc., not the ESPY's) and entertainment awards (Oscars and Golden Globes, not Peoples Choice or MTV.)When looking to fill out the fans' Final Vote ballot, the good people at provide a handful of stats to allow fans who...

On All-Star arguments

Sometimes, over at ESPN, I contribute to a thing called "Triple Play." Last night, I wrote three answers to questions about the All-Star Game, and today, along with the responses from Christina Kahrl and Logan Burdine, they published them. I bring this up entirely as a matter of self-promotion and as a demand that you go read everything I write. Ok, no, actually, I bring...
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