All-Star voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 3, so Washington Nationals fans have to get their votes in today. Second baseman Anthony Rendon has been playing like an All-Star all year long, and here’s why he should be on the National League roster.
Rendon stepped up for the Nationals big time when OF Bryce Harper went out with an injury earlier in the season. The second baseman moved over to third, putting Ryan Zimmerman into Harper’s spot in left field. Rendon has looked right at home at third base. Since Harper’s return, Rendon is back at his rightful place at second. He is a true team player and is a huge part of the Nationals’ success so far this season.
For National League second baseman, Rendon is second in terms of slugging percentage. His bat is on fire this year, and he also ranks first for 2B in the NL with 12 home runs. He can hit for power and is also responsible for 48 RBIs. Rendon is hitting .280 for the Nationals this season.
It isn’t easy to produce at such a high level when the team is relying on you to move around the infield and play wherever you are needed. Rendon has done that all year long and a bid at second base would be perfect now that he has just moved back to the position this week.
There are four or five NL second basemen in the running for a spot on the All-Star team, but Nationals fans understand the impact Rendon has had this season. The team has won seven of their last ten games and are just half a game out of first place in the National League East.
Rendon has earned himself a spot on the All-Star Team. The 24-year-old deserves to be there for the first time in his career, and fans are down to the final day to make it happen. Get out there and cast your votes.