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5 Washington Nationals Who Deserve to Play In 2013 MLB All-Star Game

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Five Nationals For The All-Star Game

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Let’s just say, hypothetically, that five players from each MLB team got a spot on their respective All-Star teams. While that would make for two rather large teams, it would also make this slideshow possible!

Last season, Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg and Ian Desmond all earned spots on the National League All-Star team. Bryce Harper was also a nominee, but didn’t make the cut. Ironically, just one of the three aforementioned 2012 All-Stars made this list.

While the Washington Nationals have had a somewhat disappointing season, there have been some players that have stuck out. A few of those overachievers may even deserve All-Star bids.

This list is not a compilation of the best overall players on the Nationals roster. This list is strictly to show which players are the best right now. All-Star selections are taken based off of how they’ve played the entire season. This list is not a popularity contest.

To vote on which Washington Nationals player you think should get a spot on the squad, simply go to the MLB’s home page. After checking out this slide show, maybe it’ll help you make your decision. You never know. You're vote might be the difference maker.

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Bryce Harper - Outfielder

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Bryce Harper should be higher on this list. If it weren’t for his knee injury, he would be. The sophomore outfielder has been nothing short of sensational in his second season in the majors and is second the on team with 12 home runs. He’s got a .287 batting average with a .386 on base percentage. If it weren’t for him being absent since May 26, he’d be much higher on this list.

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Ryan Zimmerman - Third Base

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I wrote not too long ago that Ryan Zimmerman was the Washington Nationals most overrated player. While I stand by what I wrote, Zimmerman is still one of the Nationals more productive players.

Despite his troubles in the field at the beginning of the season (he led all third basemen in errors at one point), Zimmerman has settled into his old and reliable ways in the hot corner. At the plate, the Face of the Franchise may be finding his swing again. Zimmerman leads the team with a .352 on-base percentage with nine homers and 37 RBIs.

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Rafael Soriano - Closer

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Last season, the Nationals struggled to close out close ball games with Henry Rodriguez. In the offseason, general manager Mike Rizzo made it a point to strengthen the bullpen by signing the former New York Yankees closer. Rafael Soriano has exceeded expectations. In 34 appearances, Soriano has recorded 21 saves and just three blown saves. Along the way, he has struck out 27 batters.

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Ian Desmond - Shortstop

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There may not be a more steady hand in the infield for the Nationals than Ian Desmond. After going to his first ever All-Star game last season, Desmond followed that up with another All-Star-quality season in 2013. Desmond leads the team in home runs (13), RBIs (43), and hits (79).

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Jordan Zimmermann - Starting Pitcher

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Right now, there may not be a more dominant player on the Nationals. After picking up his 11th win of the season in Wednesday night’s 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jordan Zimmermann now leads the National League in wins. He boasts a 2.28 ERA and has pitched three complete games, including a complete-game shutout. Not only should he be selected to the All-Star team, Zimmermann should also receive some serious consideration to be the National League starter.