Bryce Harper Third In NL Final Vote Behind Chipper Jones And David Freese

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is in the middle of the current voting standings for the final spot on the National League all-star team, according to an article by Mark Newman on MLB.com. Harper is currently third out of the five players available to be voted on in the National League.

As of now, he is behind Atlanta Braves third baseman and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese in the standings. The other National league candidates include Braves outfielder Michael Bourn and Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill.

Harper has been downplaying his spot in the final vote, saying that the one deserving of the final spot, is Jones.

It's an accomplishment I guess, but you've got Chipper up there, and I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star Game in his last year. So if I was going to make a vote, I'd vote for Chip.

Despite that sentiment, the teams along the DC beltway are attempting to get more local representation. The Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles, who have pitcher Jason Hammel up for voting on the AL side, have announced an alliance for the second straight year in the final vote.

The Nationals and Orioles announced a second annual "Beltways Ballot," following last year's Michael Morse-Adam Jones package, with a prize-giveaway sweepstakes that offers incentive for both fan bases to vote for Harper and Hammel.

Voting for the final spot ends at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Fans can vote for Harper on MLB.com/vote or by texting the code N3 to 89269

For more on the Nationals, visit Federal Baseball. Still not enough baseball coverage for you? Then head over to Baseball Nation for all the latest from all 30 MLB teams as the division races heat up.

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