Looking forward to next week’s 2017 ALL-STAR game when NATS players Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg take the field in Miami. In the meantime, he’s look back on all the previous NATS All-Stars (since 2005):
2005: Chad Cordero P, Livan Hernandez P
The first ever Nats All Stars! Hernandez pitched one inning; Cordero entered the bottom of the eighth with two outs and struck out Ivan Rodriguez (future NAT).
2006: Alfonso Soriano LF
The third player in MLB history to start an All Star Game in both leagues at two different positions (LF for NL, and 2B for AL). Soriano singled in the third and stole 2B.
2007: Dmitri Young 1B
As DH, Young had a ground ball single in the bottom of the 9th and scored on Alfonso Soriano’s (then with the Chicago cubs) home run. Late rally could not overcome the deficit, and NL lost 5 4.
2008: Cristian Guzman SS
Guzman entered as a pinch runner in the top of the 9th, was caught stealing. The SS played 3rd base in the game, went 0 for 3.
2009: Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Zimmerman entered in the bottom of the 5TH at 3B, went 0 for 2.
2010: Matt Capps P
2011: Tyler Clippard P
Clippard was the second Nat in a row to get the win in the All Star Game. He was also the first pitcher in MLB history to earn a win in an All Star or postseason game by facing only one batter and allowing a hit. Adrian Beltre singled off Clippard in the top of the 4th but Hunter Pence threw out the runner at home plate.
2012: Ian Desmond SS, Gio Gonzalez P, Bryce Harper OF, Stephen Strasburg P
Gonzalez and Strasburg each pitched scoreless innings; Gonzalez in the third facing three batters, and Strasburg in the fourth facing four. Harper entered as a PH for Carlos Beltran in the 5th, played LF, went 0 for 1. Harper, age 19, was the third youngest player ever elected to the All Star Game, after Dwight Gooden and Bob Feller, and the youngest ever position player (Gooden and Feller being pitchers). Desmond had to withdraw due to injury (left oblique strain).
2013: Bryce Harper OF, Jordan Zimmermann P
In his second All Star game and as a starter this time, Harper had two catches in center, went 0 for 2 and exited in the 6th. He became the youngest NL starter in All Star game history. He was the second Nat after Soriano to start. Zimmermann could not play due to stiffness in the neck.
2013 Home Run Derby: Harper made it to the final round, with his father pitching to him and sporting an impressive Mohawk, and ended up coming in 2nd to Yoenis Cespedes (9 to 8). Harper was the second youngest player to compete in the Derby (39 days older than Ken Griffey Jr. in 1990). He became the fast Nat to compete in the Derby.
2014: Tyler Clippard P, Jordan Zimmermann P
Clippard faced two batters—Jose Altuve and Miquel Cabrera—in the 5th inning, throwing 11 pitches (8 strikes), and did not give up a hit. Zimmermann unfortunately had to sit out his second Midsummer Classic due to injury.
2015: Bryce Harper OF, Max Scherzer P
Bryce Harper was the leading vote getter in 2015, with 13,964,950 fan votes, the most of any player to appear on the NL ballot. Max Scherzer had to decline participation due to where the game fell on his pitching schedule. Harper played RF and went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.
2016: Bryce Harper OF, Max Scherzer P, Daniel Murphy 2B, Wilson Ramos C, and Stephen Strasburg P
Bryce Harper got his first All-Star hit (double in the tope of the 3rd), Daniel Murphy reached base 3 times, and Max Scherzer threw a perfect 6th inning.