The Miami Marlins have not had a starting player in the MLB All-Star Game since Hanley Ramirez in 2010. But with the way Giancarlo Stanton is going, the Fish have an opportunity to get their first starter in some time this year. The dominant right fielder for the Marlins is currently within the top three outfielders in the National League vote for the All-Star Game starters, but he has slipped to third behind fellow outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Yasiel Puig.
Stanton dropped from second to third among National League outfielders. Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers (1,942,701) continues to pace the outfielders. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen(1,727,534) has moved up into second, the spot Stanton held a week ago.
While it may seem that Stanton's dominant line should overpower all votes for other players, the two guys ahead of Stanton are not unreasonable choices in the least. Take a look at the numbers for the players involved as of Monday, including Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, who is hot on Stanton's tail with about 30,000 fewer votes.
Stanton is third in batting line among the four players. Gomez and McCutchen play favorable positions, and Gomez has made up for his hitting deficiencies by playing believably better defense than McCutchen. Speaking of defense, it is defensively with which Stanton is helping to separate himself from the pack. He leads the trio in FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement (fWAR) because he has been a hugely positive contributor on that end according to the defensive metrics. It is impressive that he has made a full comeback from various knee and hamstring concerns of the last two years and flashed good defense once again.
Of course, Stanton's status as home run leader in the National League as well as RBI king as of right now leaves him with a huge advantage in national notice for the fan vote. His prodigious home runs are nothing short of a spectacle, and he has been getting on national highlight shows as of late with great play and great swings. Remember these highlights?
Stanton has been flashing the leather and battering pitches, so he seems to more than well-deserving to be a starter on the National League team.
Marlins fans can contribute to this goal. You can vote live at Marlins Park or at any ballpark you visit, but you can also vote online here. When you are voting online, you can put in 35 ballots with an MLB.com login! You can contribute 35 times to Stanton's growing vote total and help keep him as a much-deserved starter and get your Marlins truly represented in the All-Star Game. If you have not done this yet, get on it now! Vote as many times as you can and let's cheer on Stanton at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game!