The results of MLB's "Final Man" vote were just announced, and Ryan Zimmerman wound up losing out to Reds first baseman Joey Votto for a spot in the All-Star Game.
Zimmerman, who made a strong push by going 8-for-13 with three homers since learning Sunday he was among the contenders for the All-Star roster spot, finished second out of four finalists (the list originally included five players, but Padres closer Heath Bell was already added to the National League's bullpen yesterday as a replacement for injured Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Votto, who leads the NL in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS, was selected by fans around the country who had until 4 p.m. today to vote online.
"He's one of the best players of the first half, and I think he deserves to be there," Zimmerman said. "I think he shouldn't even have been on the ballot. He should be the starter at first base."
The Nationals made a strong public push the last two days for Zimmerman, creating an "alliance" with the Rangers, who agreed to share support with third baseman Michael Young.
Zimmerman, who made his first All-Star appearance last season, finished second to Votto but ahead of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Braves closer Billy Wagner.
Thus, Matt Capps will be the Nationals' lone representative at Tuesday's midsummer classic in Anaheim. It's the fifth straight year the Nats have sent only one player to the All-Star Game. Only in 2005, when both Livan Hernandez and Chad Cordero participated, has the club had multiple All-Stars.
Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher narrowly beat out Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the final spot on the American League roster.