Despite a fierce, six-hour Twitter campaign from Nationals fans who hoped to send Anthony Rendon to the All-Star game, the infielder finished fourth in the National League Final Vote race. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo led the way with 8.8 million votes.
For the last several days, fans have been able to vote via the online ballot and by text. But over the final six hours of voting, fans could vote using designated player hashtags on Twitter, which ultimately led to 52.5 million votes being cast.
Unfortunately for Rendon, his campaign fell just short and he won’t be making his first All-Star Game appearance, despite batting .284 with 13 home runs and driving in 52 runs this season for the Nationals. It is the sixth year in a row in which a Nationals player loses in the Final Vote race, although Bryce Harper, who lost the Final Vote in 2012, played in the game anyways due to an injury to another All-Star.
Barring any last-minute replacements this time around, right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will be the Nationals´ lone representative at the 85th Midsummer Classic on Tuesday at Target Field in Minnesota.
Despite Rendon officially being an All-Star Game snub, Nationals fans showed their love for the 24-year-old infielder in an intense Twitter campaign during the final hours of voting.
Here are some of the best #VoteRendon tweets, courtesy of Nationals fans from around the world:
— Nats Archive (@NatsArchive) July 10, 2014
— Zim’s Faces (@zimsfaces) July 10, 2014
— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) July 10, 2014