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The organization isn't going to campaign for a Marlins rookie for the ROTY.

Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla might be leading candidates for the National League Rookie of the Year award, but the Marlins don't plan to campaign on their behalf like the San Francisco Giants are doing with right-hander Matt Cain.

The Giants on Thursday sent out a mass e-mailing to voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America extolling Cain's accomplishments (13-11, 4.09 ERA).

No wonder the Giants went to heavy spin mode: Cain doesn't stand a chance.

Promoting isn't unusual.

The Milwaukee Brewers did the same thing in 2003 with outfielder Scott Podsednik, who finished a distant second to Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis. The Pittsburgh Pirates did it in 2004 with landslide winner Jason Bay.

The Pirates could have saved themselves a lot of effort with Jason Bay. Jason Bay didn't need an advocate.

The Marlins aren't spamming every member of the Baseball Writers Association of America for a very good reason.

"We've got several guys who are deserving to win the award, so it would be pretty unfair for us to solicit support for one guy,'' Marlins media relations director Matt Roebuck said.

I will say it again: if a Marlins rookie doesn't win the Rookie of the Year Award, they should quit giving it out.

Oh, by the way, I may be some what biased.