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Jones, at age 40, is hitting .292 with a .375 on-base percentage and .455 slugging. He’s worthy by the numbers, too, for the honor and not just the career achievement version.

Harper could be in Kansas City next week. He could learn Thursday that he’s the first Nationals player to win a Final Vote contest and one of the youngest players to go from the Futures Game one year to the All-Star Game the next. For now, it’s an opportunity he can only shrug at.

“It’s an accomplishment, I guess,” he said. “But you got Chipper up there. I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star Game his last year.”