Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper didn't make the All-Star team -- yet -- and that's a good thing. His numbers don't come close to warranting a spot. If a veteran gets in because he has numbers that are fine but not great, then it's about his career. The first time, however, must be earned.
Harper might be exciting and he might be the Next Great Thing, but that's not enough reason for him to take the place of someone else having a superior season. Keep in mind we're not talking about him playing an entire game, either. It's maybe an inning and one at-bat -- hardly enough time to do much.
Yes, he still has a chance thanks to the silly "Final Vote" by fans. Do you reward the retiring Chipper Jones for his illustrious career? Or do you vote in the hotshot kid? The fans should pick the guy who deserves it most: St. Louis third baseman David Freese.
- John Keim