MLB All-Star finalists: No Bryce Harper, but plenty of surprises

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Major League Baseball has announced the finalists that will appear on the final All-Star Game ballot, and Bryce Harper isn't one of them. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Major League Baseball has announced the finalists that will appear on the final All-Star Game ballot, and Bryce Harper isn't one of them. (Getty Images)

Major League Baseball’s latest attempt to increase interest in the All-Star Game is in full motion.

On Friday, the results of the league’s three-week Primary phase of the 2019 MLB All-Star Ballot were announced. And the most shocking revelation is that Bryce Harper will not be on the final ballot.

The Philadelphia Phillies outfielder was not among the top nine vote getters in the National League outfield, finishing behind the likes of Nick Markakis, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber. That means Harper will not be an All-Star starter.

And the reality is, without a chance to start, it’s likely Harper will not be an All-Star at all for the first time since 2014.

Harper has hit a disappointing .243/.357/.452 this season, with only 12 home runs. He leads the league with 94 strikeouts. Now that the fans have passed on electing Harper, it's unlikely the players or managers will either when it comes to selecting All-Star reserves.

For those candidates who did make the cut, the voting slates will now be wiped clean. Fans will resume voting Wednesday, with the All-Star starters to be announced on June 27.

Here’s the full list of finalists. You’ll notice there are surprising names at nearly every position.

American League

First Base

Luke VoitNew York Yankees

Carlos SantanaCleveland Indians

C.J. CronMinnesota Twins

Second Base

Tommy La StellaLos Angeles Angels

Jose AltuveHouston Astros

• D.J. LeMahieu — New York Yankees

Third Base

Alex Bregman — Houston Astros

Gio Urshela — New York Yankees

Hunter DozierKansas City Royals

Shortstop

Jorge Polanco — Minnesota Twins

Gleyber Torres — New York Yankees

Carlos Correa — Houston Astros

Catcher

Gary Sanchez — New York Yankees

James McCannChicago White Sox

Robinson Chirinos — Houston Astros

Designated Hitter

Nelson Cruz — Minnesota Twins

• JD Martinez — Boston Red Sox

Hunter PenceTexas Rangers

Outfield

Mookie Betts — Boston Red Sox

George Springer — Houston Astros

Mike Trout — Los Angeles Angels

Michael Brantley — Houston Astros

Aaron Judge — New York Yankees

Austin MeadowsTampa Bay Rays

Josh Reddick — Houston Astros

Eddie Rosario — Minnesota Twins

Joey Gallo — Texas Rangers

National League

First Base

Freddie FreemanAtlanta Braves

Josh BellPittsburgh Pirates

Anthony RizzoChicago Cubs

Second Base

Ozzie Albies — Atlanta Braves

Mike MoustakasMilwaukee Brewers

Ketel MarteArizona Diamondbacks

Third Base

Nolan ArenadoColorado Rockies

Kris Bryant — Chicago Cubs

Josh Donaldson — Atlanta Braves

Shortstop

Javier Baez — Chicago Cubs

Dansby Swanson — Atlanta Braves

Trevor Story — Colorado Rockies

Catcher

Willson Contreras — Chicago Cubs

Brian McCann — Atlanta Braves

Yasmani Grandal — Milwaukee Brewers

Outfield

Cody BellingerLos Angeles Dodgers

Christian Yelich — Milwaukee Brewers

• Nick Markakis — Atlanta Braves

Charlie Blackmon — Colorado Rockies

Ronald Acuna Jr. — Atlanta Braves

• Albert Almora Jr. — Chicago Cubs

Jason Heyward — Chicago Cubs

Kyle Schwarber — Chicago Cubs

• Joc Pederson — Los Angeles Dodgers

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