MIAMI -- Dee Gordon will have his name announced on Tuesday night at Great American Ballpark alongside the rest of the 2015 National League All-Stars. But once his name is called, the Marlins will not receive any other form of recognition.
Gordon opted to travel to Cincinnati to represent the Marlins in the annual midsummer classic but will not start after dislocating his thumb on Saturday night. Both Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton were voted in to start however neither will play as a result of injuries. President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said on Sunday the Marlins are pushing for every team to be represented by an active player each July.
"It's a tremendous honor that we've had two Marlins voted in by the fans," Hill said prior to Miami's 8-1 victory over the Reds. "We're a day away from the break and your starting second baseman gets hurt. It would be nice to have all 30 teams represented on the line. We'll see if we can get any legs with it and make it so."
Gordon's injury resulted in the Marlins not having an active participant for the second time in four seasons because of injuries. Miami was left without a representative after Stanton went down in 2012. When both Stanton and Gordon led the voting in right field and second base, respectively, it marked the first time the Marlins have had two players voted into the starting lineup.
While several players voted in as starters are unable to play, there were not any Marlins chosen as replacements. Marlins manager Dan Jennings thought Adeiny Hechavarria, who is batting .278/.315/.377 through 86 games, deserved consideration. However, Troy Tulowitzki was chosen to take Gordon's spot on the roster instead.
"We feel very pleased that [Stanton and Gordon] were voted in," Jennings said. "At the same time, you hate it for baseball, for the whole world [not to be able] to see what we get to see on a nightly basis: the power that Stanton's shown and Dee's energy. It's disappointing for baseball but I think it speaks volumes about how they are viewed. It is a great honor for them."
Although Jennings suggested Hechavarria deserves an opportunity, he acknowledged Bruce Bochy was in a "tough spot" when selecting replacements.
"You look around the league, there are quality players everywhere," Jennings said. "We certainly love Hech. We think he's All-Star worthy. Every year there is going to be someone that has the feeling that they get left off the team. It is a tough spot to be in. We'll have Hech for the second half and hopefully he can continue to go out and put together quality at-bats."
Despite the fact they will not be represented by an active player, the Marlins will still have Gordon in attendance. Major League Baseball might consider having an active player from every club present moving forward. The Marlins are expected to have both Gordon and Stanton return at some point after the All-Star break.