Giancarlo Stanton was selected to the All-Star team as a reserve in 2012, but was forced to sit the game out after undergoing knee surgery just days before the All-Star break. The fans in Kansas City were thus deprived of the chance to see perhaps the greatest home run derby contestant of all time.
Two years later, Stanton has been on a tear. He became the first player in Marlins franchise history to register 50 RBI before June. He also leads the National League in home runs with 16 and is seventh in the league in batting average, at .312.
He's also a virtual lock to be among those chosen to represent the National League at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis this summer.
According to Joe Frisario, Stanton currently sits behind only Los Angeles Dodgers megastar Yasiel Puig and the surprising Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon in All Star voting. If the voting continues at this rate, Stanton would become only the third player in Marlins history to start an All-Star Game, after Gary Sheffield (1993) and Hanley Ramirez (2008-10).
"That's great," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "I'm pumped for him. I think everyone realizes how exciting a player this guy is. How much he brings, not only to our team, but to all of baseball.
"For him to be recognized by the fans is a testament to him and what a player he really is."