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Miami Marlins Possible 2012 All-Stars

As you already know, Major League Baseball has been collecting votes for this years All-Star game. If you didn't know that, then go ahead and vote.

With all the attention that's been paid to the Miami Marlins, we might see more than two representatives in this years game, which we haven't seen since 2005. The Marlins haven't ever had more than one representative start an All-Star Game, and the only two Marlins to do so were Gary Sheffield (1993) and Hanley Ramirez (2008-10).

Which Marlins deserve to be All-Stars?

A "deserving" All-Star should have a WAR of 4 or more over the course of the year, since the All-Star voting happens now, and we're at about 45 games into the the season, anyone with 1.1+ WAR would be a reasonable choice. The problem is that 33 position players and 21 pitchers that meet that criteria, and there aren't THAT many All-Star spots (give the MLB time, and they may make them... but that's another story). That being said, the Marlins who make that cut are:

  1. Anibal Sanchez (1.7)
  2. Omar Infante (1.6)
  3. Josh Johnson (1.3)
  4. Giancarlo Stanton (1.2)

So, there are some good candidates in there, and some surprising omissions. Hanley Ramirez just missed the cut (1.0 WAR) while Carlos Zambrano (0.8), Mark Buerhle (0.7) and Jose Reyes (0.8) fell further from the target. But... this is the All-STAR game, not the All-WAR game, so lets take a look at how these seven stack up against their competition. Also, since they are not voted on, I'm going to omit the pitchers.

2B: Omar Infante

Name Team PA H HR R RBI SB ISO AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR
Omar Infante Marlins 149 48 6 23 20 6 .227 .340 .369 .567 .408 159 1.6
Jose Altuve Astros 182 51 3 24 15 9 .145 .309 .365 .455 .367 134 1.6
Mark Ellis Dodgers 154 36 2 27 9 3 .091 .273 .373 .364 .339 116 1.4
Dan Uggla Braves 199 44 6 31 25 0 .165 .259 .362 .424 .341 116 1.3
Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 177 39 5 17 17 4 .153 .248 .333 .401 .323 97 1
Freddy Galvis Phillies 156 37 3 9 22 0 .155 .250 .279 .405 .297 84 0.8
Darwin Barney Cubs 159 38 1 17 9 1 .116 .259 .306 .374 .298 82 0.7
Neil Walker Pirates 168 39 2 10 14 1 .078 .253 .299 .331 .282 75 0.5
Brandon Phillips Reds 157 37 4 20 18 1 .133 .259 .314 .392 .31 91 0.4
Marco Scutaro Rockies 179 41 1 25 4 3 .067 .252 .315 .319 .285 66 0.2
Daniel Murphy Mets 190 52 0 18 16 2 .069 .299 .353 .368 .319 102 0.1
Danny Espinosa Nationals 176 34 4 19 9 5 .123 .221 .305 .344 .290 80 0
Rickie Weeks Brewers 183 24 4 15 9 2 .129 .155 .284 .284 .265 64 -0.5

The good new for Infante is that he's the most qualified 2B, and given Chase Ultey's injury issues, Rickie Weeks is the only one on this list to be elected to start an All-Star game for the NL. He also has a utility element that was the impetus behind his previous All-Star selection. But there are a couple of "names" on the list that might capture eye of those voting outside of Miami. Specifically Dan Uggla and Brandon Phillips.

The other hurdle for Infante is Jose Altuve. Altuve is having an excellent year thus far, and plays at one of the least competitive positions for an All-Star slot. Jed Lowrie may be the selection as SS, we'll talk about that later.

Likely selection: 65%

OF: Giancarlo Stanton

Name Team PA H HR R RBI SB ISO AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR
Ryan Braun Brewers 183 52 12 31 31 9 .298 .323 .393 .621 .435 180 2.5
Martin Prado Braves 194 55 3 27 21 6 .160 .325 .399 .485 .390 149 2.5
Michael Bourn Braves 213 62 4 31 15 13 .127 .315 .366 .442 .357 127 2.5
Carlos Beltran Cardinals 175 45 14 30 38 5 .322 .302 .406 .624 .439 184 2.4
Matt Kemp Dodgers 139 42 12 29 28 2 .368 .359 .446 .726 .474 208 2.2
Andre Ethier Dodgers 179 51 9 26 40 0 .264 .321 .380 .585 .404 160 2.1
Melky Cabrera Giants 203 67 2 31 22 7 .157 .362 .409 .519 .400 157 2.0
Andrew McCutchen Pirates 169 51 7 25 24 8 .205 .338 .391 .543 .400 156 2.0
Matt Holliday Cardinals 199 48 10 30 32 2 .220 .271 .347 .492 .361 131 1.9
Shane Victorino Phillies 205 50 6 22 22 13 .173 .270 .335 .443 .350 120 1.7
Corey Hart Brewers 179 41 9 29 20 1 .264 .258 .328 .522 .362 130 1.4
Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 178 46 10 23 32 1 .253 .284 .348 .537 .377 137 1.2
Jason Heyward Braves 174 36 5 21 22 9 .178 .237 .329 .414 .331 109 1.1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis Mets 166 42 2 21 14 3 .103 .290 .364 .393 .337 115 1.0
Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 179 49 8 33 34 6 .244 .306 .380 .550 .406 149 1.0

The good news for Giancarlo is that his recent power surge has captured the attention of a lot of people. Stanton is starting to garner some name recognition with the baseball community as a whole.

The bad news is that it's not enough to overcome some of the names on this list. Ryan Braun might suffer some vote loss from the steroids test debacle from this last off-season... but probably not enough to keep him from starting. Matt Kemp, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran and Martin Prado have all been voted into previous All-Star games, and would certainly merit inclusion.

Andrew McCutchen will certainly be selected to represent the Pirates, and Carlos Gonzolez may be the Rockies' representative. Michael Bourn and Melky Cabrera also have compelling cases to be included.

All is not lost for Giancarlo, however. Remember that the DH rule is in effect, and Stanton's power is certainly attractive for that aspect of the game.

Likely Selection: 45%

3B: Hanley Ramirez

Name Team PA H HR R RBI SB ISO AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR
David Wright Mets 178 60 5 30 28 4 .223 .405 .500 .628 .467 203 3.4
Chase Headley Padres 191 40 5 25 22 4 .163 .250 .366 .413 .342 123 1.7
David Freese Cardinals 166 41 10 21 33 0 .243 .270 .325 .513 .361 131 1.4
Chipper Jones Braves 114 31 5 19 24 0 .178 .307 .377 .485 .376 139 1.1
Jerry Hairston Dodgers 63 17 1 3 4 1 .148 .315 .403 .463 .379 143 1.1
Hanley Ramirez Marlins 200 45 7 26 29 9 .190 .251 .325 .441 .344 115 1.0
Pablo Sandoval Giants 104 30 5 16 15 0 .221 .316 .375 .537 .392 151 0.8
Placido Polanco Phillies 158 42 1 15 9 0 .074 .284 .316 .358 .298 85 0.6
Chris Johnson Astros 160 44 5 19 23 2 .150 .288 .319 .438 .331 109 0.6
Adam Kennedy Dodgers 75 15 0 9 5 0 .083 .250 .356 .333 .311 97 0.5
Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 135 29 2 17 12 2 .103 .248 .341 .350 .309 93 0.5
Aramis Ramirez Brewers 179 37 3 27 25 2 .169 .231 .302 .400 .309 94 0.5

Hanley is one of the most recognizable names on the Marlins roster... but his move to 3B, and persistent (if unfair) reputation as a "me-first" slacker may dampen his chances of getting voted in at 3B. The other names on the list are David Wright, Chipper Jones (who will almost certainly get in for a swan song) and David Freese, who made a name for himself in last year's playoff run and World Series.

Injuries to Pablo Sandoval and Ryan Zimmerman probably have them on the outside looking in.

Likely Selection: 70%

SS: Jose Reyes

Name Team PA H HR R RBI SB ISO AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR
Rafael Furcal Cardinals 198 60 2 31 21 8 .108 .341 .398 .449 .377 142 2.0
Jed Lowrie Astros 157 39 7 18 18 2 .200 .279 .357 .479 .368 134 1.8
Ian Desmond Nationals 201 53 8 24 21 5 .202 .275 .299 .477 .335 111 1.4
Zack Cozart Reds 180 42 5 23 11 1 .174 .251 .302 .425 .318 97 1.2
Starlin Castro Cubs 189 56 2 18 25 12 .101 .313 .323 .413 .320 96 1.1
Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 177 42 6 27 23 1 .172 .268 .345 .439 .338 102 0.9
Ruben Tejada Mets 117 32 0 14 8 1 .095 .305 .362 .400 .335 113 0.9
Jose Reyes Marlins 203 46 0 23 8 13 .080 .263 .348 .343 .310 92 0.6
Willie Bloomquist Diamondbacks 147 38 0 21 10 4 .116 .275 .313 .391 .297 79 0.5

Jose, a 4 time All-Star, is one of the bigger "names" on the list. He's also the least productive of all the Marlins we're considering here. Just look up at the table, you see Reyes sitting between Willie Bloomquist and Ruben Tejada.

He's not the only name on the list, either. Troy Tulowitzki was elected to the 2011 All-Star game, and Rafael Furcal was instrumental in that World Series run for the Cardinals (plus he's the most deserving candidate). The other barrier for Jose is that Tulo, Starlin Castro and Jed Lowrie might be selected as their teams' representatives.

Likely Selection: 15%

So, based on what we've seen so far, I would not expect any Marlins to be starting the All-Star game (though Infante certainly deserves it). However, we should see Infante there one way or the other, and Ramirez and Stanton have good shots at being selected, especially if they keep hitting at the pace they are right now. Reyes has an outside chance to make it on name recognition, but I think his early season struggles may be to far to overcome by the time reserves are being selected.

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