Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton doesn't feel it is necessary to pay attention to where he stands when it comes to National League All-Star voting. But after recent results had Stanton as the National League's fourth best outfielder, his teammates, specifically closer Steve Cishek who may also represent the Marlins in July, are questioning the position.
While it is still early in the voting process, Stanton's placement is a surprise because of the early numbers he has posted. In addition to becoming the first Marlin to record 50 RBIs prior to June 1, Stanton has posted a .318/.413/.621 line to complement a 3.4 WAR almost two months into the season. Stanton's success in the three spot has led to the resurgence of a Marlins offense that struggled throughout 2013.
Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, and Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun are all in front of Stanton in the first ballot. Stanton was 20,552 votes behind Braun, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Cishek was the most outspoken when discussing the situation, explaining that the situation was "ridiculous."
"I think it’s kind of ridiculous. I think people that aren’t even Marlins fans all they have to do is turn on SportsCenter and see a ball going 6,000 feet."
Stanton's success has been recognized on a national scale, and Stanton's performance, along with that of Jose Fernandez before he got injured, has given the Marlins extended attention.
Although he may surpass Braun, McCutchen, and Blackmon eventually, the fact that Stanton isn't at least among the top three is surprising considering both his offensive and defensive contributions to begin the year.
Stanton, especially with the possibility of a breakout June, deserves to be in the starting outfield come mid-July. And if the Marlins can continue to win consistently, that should be a realistic goal.
A Marlin hasn't started an All-Star game since Hanley Ramirez was the starting shortstop for the National League in 2010. Stanton was named to the team in 2012, but missed the game and the Home Run Derby after having surgery on his knee.
Voting can be completed online at MLB.com or at Marlins Park, and each fan can submit up to 25 online ballots.