Giancarlo Stanton's monster year is going to be recognized.
Official All-Star annoucements were made on Sunday evening, with Stanton being named to the All-Star team as a reserve outfielder. Stanton appeared to be competing with Yasiel Puig for the final outfield spot, but after Puig slipped into second behind Andrew McCutchen, it was Carlos Gomez who Miami's right fielder couldn't surpass.
Stanton was informed by St. Louis Cardinals and National League Manager Mike Matheny that he would be in the starting lineup as the NL's designated hitter.
#Marlins Stanton says he was told he would be the NL DH in All-Star game.— Tom D'Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 6, 2014
Stanton, who will also compete in the Home Run Derby, has posted a .307/.405/.568 line to complement 21 home runs and 62 RBIs.
While he was excited about the opportunities he is being given, Stanton was reportedly frustrated that Casey McGehee and Henderson Alvarez didn't make the All-Star team.
"I’m pretty mad," Stanton said. "It still doesn’t make any sense. I know people get gypped every year from it. But this is my first case of being together and seeing the dominance that [McGehee] has been."
Fans voted the Brewers’ Aramis Ramirez to be the N.L.’s starting third baseman while the Reds’ Todd Frazier was picked by the players as the reserve third baseman.
Alvarez has been the Marlins' most consistent starter since Jose Fernandez went down, posting a 5-3 record with 2.33 ERA, 3.05 FIP and 2.0 WAR in 108 innings pitched.
McGehee has hit notably well behind Stanton, posting a .317/.385/.392 line with just one home run but 52 RBIs before Sunday afternoon's victory over the Cardinals.
Although there are several third base candidates, the questionable move by Matheny was choosing his own third baseman, Matt Carpenter, with one of his picks.
Carpenter has posted a .286/.378/.393 line in 87 games as the St. Louis starting third baseman.
McGehee has had a bounce back year returning from Japan, and has been among the most consistent Marlins both offensively and defensively. He will be on the Final Vote, but said he would not be disappointed if he wasn't selected.
#Marlins McGehee: ""Maybe sometimes Miami gets a bad rap about voting for stuff. Hopefully they can prove everybody wrong"— Steve Gorten (@sgorten) July 7, 2014
The Marlins in years past have been snubbed because of their record, but the team is two games under five hundred heading into Arizona on Monday night.
Aside from Stanton, the Marlins weren't fully recognized in terms of votes. But where would the Marlins be without Alvarez and McGehee?