MLB All-Star Game: Bryce Harper voted in as DH

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Bryce Harper earns ‘non trip’ to the All-Star Game originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

ST. LOUIS – Bryce Harper expressed disappointment that he won’t be able to play in the All-Star Game on July 19 in Dodger Stadium.

Harper was elected as the National League’s starting designated hitter in fan balloting, the results of which were announced Friday night. It is the first time he’s been named to an All-Star team as a Phillie.

Overall, it is the seventh time Harper has been named an All-Star and sixth time he’s been elected a starter by the fans. He will not be able to play, however, because of a broken left thumb.

“I’m really upset that I won’t be able to wear Phillies pinstripes in L.A. because of what happened, but I look forward to doing it again here soon in the future,” Harper said after learning of his election. “I love this organization and fan base and wish I could do it for them.”

Harper said he will not attend All-Star festivities because he wants to focus on recovering from his injuries. In addition to the broken thumb, he has a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and continues to receive treatment for that.

Harper, the 2021 NL MVP, suffered the elbow injury during the first week of the season and was forced to move from right field to DH. That didn’t stop him from putting up big numbers before going down with the broken thumb June 25 in San Diego. Despite missing the last 10 games, Harper still ranks second in the NL in batting average (.318) and OPS (.984). He has 15 homers and 48 RBIs. Paul Goldschmidt of the Cardinals leads the NL in batting average (.342) and OPS (1.046).

Before Harper, the Phillies had not had an All-Star elected by the fans since Chase Utley in 2014. J.T. Realmuto started at catcher for the NL last year as a substitute for Buster Posey.

Here are the results of the fan balloting for position player starters. Pitching staffs and the remainder of the All-Star rosters will be announced Sunday night.

National League

C – Willson Contreras

1B – Paul Goldschmidt

2B – Jazz Chisholm

3B – Manny Machado

SS – Trea Turner

OF – Ronald Acuna Jr.

OF – Mookie Betts

OF – Joc Pederson

DH – Bryce Harper

American League

C – Alejandro Kirk

1B – Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

2B – Jose Altuve

3B – Rafael Devers

SS – Tim Anderson

OF – Giancarlo Stanton

OF – Mike Trout

OF – Aaron Judge

DH – Shohei Ohtani

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