All-Star Voting: The Case for Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche

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The best hitter for the Washington Nationals has been Adam LaRoche this year.

The first baseman deserves a spot on the National League All-Star team. He is hitting .306 on the year with an on-base-percentage of .412 in the Nationals’ No. 4 spot in the lineup. LaRoche should not only make the All-Star team, but he is a likely candidate to start at first base for the National League team.

Two other NL first basemen make a case to start in the All-Star game. The first, St. Louis Cardinals‘ Matt Adams, is hitting .324 this season, but LaRoche leads him by a landslide in on-base-percentage. The other possible NL first base starter is Colorado Rockies‘ Justin Morneau, who is hitting .313 with 58 RBIs.

LaRoche is a standout defensive player who also earned himself a Gold Glove award in 2012. He deserves to be on the field in the 2014 MLB All-Star game.

He is one of the primary reasons the Nationals are making a run at a division title this year. Not only is he hitting for average, but he leads the team in walks and ranks among the top Nationals in terms of home runs, RBIs and hits. LaRoche, who is arguably the Nationals’ top power hitter, is also the team leader in slugging percentage.

All-Star voting ends tomorrow, July 3, at 11:59 p.m.

Nationals fans know that he deserves a spot in the National League lineup and need to get their votes in before time runs out.

Harry Floyd is a Washington Nationals/MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @floydhe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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