It’s the morning after the All-Star Game rosters were announced, and if you went to be early on Sunday night to catch up on some sleeper after your Fourth of July weekend, then you might have missed the news. Read today’s District Daily to get caught up.
Rendon selected as a Final Vote candidate
Anthony Rendon is a National League Final Vote candidate, so he needs the help of Nationals fans to become a member of the NL All-Star team. He is competing against Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Marlins first baseman Casey McGehee and Braves outfielder Justin Upton.
Rendon has the numbers to be on the All-Star team: The 24-year-old is among the team leaders in home runs (12), RBIs (50) and runs scored (60). He’s also an above-average second baseman and third baseman.
“I think he has played really well,” manager Matt Williams said. “The fact that he is in that [Final Vote] says a lot about his season and the way he has played. He has handled himself very well for being a very young player. He deserves consideration, that’s for sure.” Read full article here.
Zimmermann named to NL All-Star staff
WASHINGTON — For the second year in a row, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will be part of the All-Star festivities. Unlike last year, he expects to play in the game.
Zimmermann didn’t play in last year’s Midsummer Classic because of neck issues, but he did take his family to Citi Field in New York.
According to Zimmermann, Minnesota is three hours away from his home town of Auburndale, Wis., so he plans to take his family to the special event again. Zimmermann found out he was going to be an All-Star before Sunday’s 2-1 win against the Cubs. Manager Matt Williams held a team meeting and gave the news to the entire team. Read full article here.
Ramos credits pitchers for his numbers behind plate
WASHINGTON — Entering Sunday’s action against the Cubs, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had thrown out 53 percent of would-be basestealers this season. Last year, Ramos threw out 29 percent. What’s the reason for the improvement? According to Ramos, it helps that the Nationals’ pitchers are quicker to the plate and holding runners a lot better.
“I’m not trying anything. I try to be quick behind the plate, just put the ball in the air and see what happens. That’s what I like to do,” Ramos said. “The pitchers help us a lot. That’s good.”
Ramos’ bat is also coming around. Since coming off the disabled list on June 26, Ramos was 9-for-26 (.346) in seven games. When he is at the plate, Ramos likes to hit the ball up the middle or go to right field. Read full article here.