The Washington Times - July 5, 2011, 12:32PM

Michael Morse is having the best season of his career. Put it together with the end of his 2010 season and he’s already had the best season of a lot of people’s careers.

But if Morse is going to be recognized as an All-Star at an extremely difficult position — Prince Fielder and Joey Votto are the National League’s other two first basemen — he’s going to need a fan Final Vote to get him there.


Morse is hitting .299 on the season. He’s got a .538 slugging percentage, a .349 on-base percentage and an .887 OPS. He’s also hit 13 of his 15 home runs this season since making the transition to full-time first baseman.

So to get to the All-Star game and show off the quirks like his Beast Mode t-shirt, his Take On Me batters music and the head-slamming home run celebrations that make him one of the most well-liked Nationals among his teammates, he needs to get the word out. He’s enlisted some of his teammates to film a brief appeal to fans to run on the big screen during Nationals games, his teammates with Twitter have already sent out their pleas for fans to vote for their teammate and he’s even tapped old teammate and friend Ichiro Suzuki to get the word out.

“Right now,” Morse said, “I’ll do whatever it takes. There’s nothing stopping me from whatever it takes. I reached out to my buddy Ichiro, hopefully I can get some Japanese votes. I’m excited. It’s fun and it’s going to be tough.”

Tough, because most of the players he’s up against for the final spot (L.A.’s Andre Ethier, Colorado’s Todd Helton, Arizona’s Ian Kennedy and Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino) come from big markets and most are more well-known names.

“They’re big markets,” Morse admitted. “But it’s an opportunity and I hope I get to represent the Nationals and join Clip.”