MLB announced the 2019 All-Star Starters at 7pm, and there are no Washington Nationals players on the list.
The most likely candidate, Anthony Rendon, was once again beat out by Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado who will be making his 5th straight appearance. Unfortunately, the race wasn’t as close as Nats fans would have liked. According to MLB, Arenado won with 51.9% of the third base votes.
Another player who lost out to a familiar rival was Juan Soto. He lost National Rookie of the Year to Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves) last fall, and Acuna also came away with the NL starting nod. He will be joined by the least surprising winners, Cody Bellinger (LA Dodgers) and Christian Yellich (Milwaukee Brewers).
Per MLB rules, at least one player from each team must be represented at the All-Star game, so it won’t be surprising if Max Scherzer and his black eye are selected. But probably not as the starter. Rendon also still has a chance when pitchers and reserve players are revealed on Sunday evening.