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Bryce Harper Becomes Youngest Position Player in All-Star Game

July 08, 2012

Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper was named to replace Giancarlo Stanton on the National League’s All-Star roster, making him the youngest position player in the classic’s history.

Harper, an outfielder, also becomes the fifth rookie on the combined All-Star rosters, breaking the single-season record set in 2001 and matched in 2003 when four rookies were named to the squads.

The 19-year-old Harper, who was born on Oct. 16, 1992, becomes the third-youngest All-Star ever and replaces Minnesota Twins catcher Butch Wynegar as the youngest All-Star position player in history, according to Major League Baseball.

The only two players in baseball history who were younger were Dwight Gooden who was born Nov. 16, 1964 and played in the 1984 game and Hall of Famer Bob, who was born Nov. 3, 1918 and played in the 1938 contest.

Stanton, a Miami Marlins outfielder, was replaced after he suffered a right knee injury.

The American League has three rookies: Ryan Cook, Yu Darvish and Mike Trout. Harper joins Wade Miley as the National League’s rookies.

Rookies Albert Pujols, Jimmy Rollins, Ben Sheets and Ichiro Suzuki made it to the All-Star game in 2001, and Lance Carter, Mike MacDougal, Hideki Matsui and Dontrelle Willis were on the rosters in 2003.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be played July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

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