Time to exhale for the Washington Nationals’ fans. Bryce Harper has been named to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. After not originally getting the selection and not receiving the fans’ “Final Vote,” Bryce Harper has been announced as the replacement player for injured National League All-Star Giancarlo Stanton. It may not only be Nationals and Harper fans exhaling. Major League Baseball must be more than pleased and relieved to have Harper named to the team, as the young phenom has been the talk of baseball since his call-up earlier this year. Harper becomes the youngest position player ever selected to play in the “Midsummer Classic.” He is the third youngest overall MLB All-Star.
Harper is quoted in a tweet released by the Washington Nationals:
“It’s all for the fans. I’m just going to try to enjoy myself and put on a good show for them,” – Harper on #ASG selection
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 7, 2012
Entering Saturday’s game, Harper was batting .283 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. He is considered a front-runner for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
Giancarlo Stanton will soon undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He is expected to be out for four to six weeks. The Miami Marlins outfielder was also named to perform in the Home Run Derby. He is out of that event as well, and no replacement batter has been named as of yet.