Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Bryce Harper had three shots at making the National League's All-Star team.
The players could have picked him. They didn't.
The manager could have picked him. He didn't.
The fans could have picked him. They didn't.
Ah, but there's a fourth way: Injuries. Last week, Chipper Jones was removed from the Final Vote ballot when he took the roster spot of injured Matt Kemp. Saturday, Jason Bourn was named to fill in for injured Ian Desmond. And later Saturday, Bryce Harper was named to the All-Star team in place of Giancarlo Stanton, who's going to miss four to six weeks with a knee injury.
Harper, among the more heralded prospects in major-league history, has posted a .283/.355/.475 batting line since joining the Nationals in May. But of course, what distinguishes Harper isn't his numbers, but rather the fact that he's still a %&@#$ teenager.
It's a shame about Stanton going down. But seeing Stanton makes some of the sting go away.
Unless you're a Marlins fan.