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While Bryce Harper’s thumb and Jayson Werth’s garden gnome sucked up most of the media attention in 2014, infielder Anthony Rendon went about his business and posted the best performance of any National this year. In 159 games, Rendon batted .287 with 111 runs, the most in the National League, and took fourth place in the All-Star voting for third base, which he didn’t even play early in the season. The Washington Post noted, with “a bit of surprise,” in September that the only Nat to see his jersey in top 20 most popular in Major League Baseball after the all-star break was Rendon. Perhaps his ultra laid-back approach to the game has helped Rendon fly under the radar (he’s been caught yawning while at bat), but when he posts league-leading stats in half a dozen categories, the guy can’t escape our attention anymore.