ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones has enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm Bryce Harper has brought to baseball stadiums on a daily basis since making his much-anticipated debut. Now he has even more reason to respect the young Nationals outfielder.
When placed on the same Final Vote Ballot as Jones on Sunday, Harper did not campaign to gain his first All-Star selection. Instead, he showed his respect for the game by saying that he felt the Braves' 40-year-old third baseman deserved to go.
"I texted him last night and said, 'That's a very classy thing for a 19-year-old kid to say,'" Jones said. "I think he's going to be in his fair share of All-Star Games throughout the years. He's an unbelievable talent. I just let him know I appreciated what he said. It was classy."
Jones, Harper and Braves outfielder Michael Bourn headline the group of five National League candidates placed on this year's Final Vote Ballot. The player who garners the most votes will be added to the NL roster for this year's All-Star Game July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
"[Jones] should have already been in the All-Star Game no matter what," Harper said on Sunday. "He's an All-Star, and he's been an All-Star for 20 years. I think Chip should have been there and, like I said, if I had a vote, Chip's going."
In the Braves' 4-1 loss to the Cubs on Monday, Jones and Bourn combined for half of Atlanta's six hits. Bourn went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and a stolen base. Jones went 1-for-4 with a double.
To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote, simply text message N1 (Bourn) or N5 (Jones) to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Std rates may apply.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.