Harper has received 1,116,582 votes to date, edging out Cardinals third baseman [and Doug's Dude] Matt Carpenter (1,113,060) as the league’s top vote-getter and well ahead of all other NL outfielders.That's good news. I'm not sure I completely agree with Zuckerman's conclusion, though.
No other Nationals position players rank in the top five right now, which is testament to Harper’s immense appeal around the country, not only in D.C.Harper's getting all the votes; the other Nats are polling like Fat Elvis; that must mean America Loves Bryce!
I have my reservations about the "immense appeal" theory, assuming that Zuckerman is referring to something more than the respect a player earns from out of towners by being great - something closer to affection. I'd suggest that Harper leads all NL players in All Star voting merely because he's leading all NL players in being good at baseball. No appeal required.
And as far as his teammates not making anyone's ballot - really, what other Nat would you vote for unless you had a rooting interest that superseded any concern for the process? They won't let us vote for Scherzer. I guess Wilson Ramos has case, but it's a "he should be in the top five" case rather than "he should be winning." Other than that, our best candidate is Danny Espinosa, and he's not even on the ballot.
Nobody's voting for Ian Desmond, right?