Ryan Zimmerman finishes second in final All-Star vote
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman fell just short in his bid to make a second straight All-Star team, finishing runner-up to Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto in the four-day fan voting for the 34th and final spot.
Votto led the final fan voting from wire-to-wire and finished with 13.7 million total votes, the most among any of the final candidates. The Yankees' Nick Swisher beat out Boston's Kevin Youklis, among others, for the final spot on the AL team.
Zimmerman is hitting .296 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI and is on the short list of best fielders in the game at his position. Votto, however, is hitting .313 with an NL-leading 21 homers and 59 RBI. Votto also is considered perhaps the leading candidate for NL MVP.
"I'm not" disappointed, Zimmerman said. "If I had better numbers or a better first half, then I would be, but I think Votto deserves it. The guys at third base, [David] Wright and [Scott] Rolen played a great first half, and they deserved to be there."
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