MLB All-Star Rosters 2012: Why Bryce Harper Should Be Voted in by Fans

Chris Hummer@chris_hummerAnalyst IJuly 3, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 27:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after a pitch by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 27, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Bryce Harper was left off of the NL All-Star game roster, but fans have the opportunity to vote him as a part of the final vote. That has to happen.

Harper is one of the most exciting young players in the game. He plays with an unbridled passion and goes after the game with the enthusiasm of a little leaguer.

He' playing well in his rookie season, too, hitting .274 with eight home runs, 22 RBI and a .348 OBP—numbers made all the more impressive when you consider he's only 19 years old.

Harper has been under the national spotlight ever since he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at only 16. At the time, the magazine dubbed him baseball's LeBron, and with his abundance of talent, he has the potential to have that type of impact on baseball.

Baseball, America’s fading pastime. Baseball, the sport that is rapidly losing the youth demographic. Baseball, the game that is in dire need of an exciting prospect and an athlete that transcends beyond the infield dirt.

Harper has the ability to be that guy.

That is why it's imperative that fans add him to the 2012 NL roster.

The All-Star game is MLB's biggest event. It's the Midsummer Classic, which is placed perfectly in between the end of the NBA playoffs and the start of the football frenzy that would come a month later.

With all of the eyes that will be on the game, wouldn't it be smart to have the game's most exciting player as a part of the festivities?

Plus, fellow rookie phenom Mike Trout is already in the game as a member of the AL roster. It would be a lot of fun to let the debate grow as to which of these first-year players will be the best pro.

These two young studs could be this generation's Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

They’re both extraordinarily talented center fielders with Hall of Fame, ceilings and it would be great theater to see them square off in the All-Star game as rookies—then for years after that as their careers grow side by side.

There are a lot of deserving candidates in the NL final vote, including Chipper Jones, who would receive a much-deserved curtain call in his final season.

However, for the overall good of the game, Harper is the right choice.

He oozes personality, and the combination of him and Trout squaring off against one another would create a buzz baseball desperately needs.

Harper is a true star, and it would be a shame for the Midsummer Classic to be played without him.