The first results of the All-Star Game voting by fans were released Tuesday and as usual it was tough to find Marlins.
Miami, tied for first place in the National League East entering Tuesday's game against the Braves, had just two players listed among the top position players receiving votes for the 83rd All-Star Game next month in Kansas City. And the big surprise was that neither of the two was named Giancarlo Stanton, who crushed his way to NL Player of the Month honors in May.
The 22-year old slugger was nowhere to be found among the top 15 vote-getters in the outfield. Second baseman Omar Infante, meanwhile, ranked third at his position with 512,049 votes while Jose Reyes received 425,682 votes, fourth among shortstops.
The news hardly surprised the Marlins. The club has only had two players ever voted by the fans as starters: Gary Sheffield at third base in 1993 and Hanley Ramirez at shortstop from 2008 to 2010. The others have been picked either by the All-Star game manager or their peers.
"The people who vote for All-Stars it's all about the most popular players," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "There are people on the DL who are still among the top vote [getters]. But I don't pay attention to that...
"You can't control it. You're famous in baseball when you do stupid things. Ask me about it. When you're good they're like 'OK, whatever.' When you do some stupid things, that's the first highlight you read. A lot of people didn't even know he was player of the month. Maybe a few people here know. But you wish it could be different, but it's not. It's the way it's going to be. Hopefully he'll get the recognition with how we're playing and for carrying this ballclub. He's carried this ballclub for the last month."
Asked who in his opinion is worthy of being an All-Star this season, Guillen mentioned Infante, Stanton and his entire starting rotation.
"The five starters have been great," Guillen said. "For me, they're my All-Stars. In my team they're my All-Stars. I'm good enough with that."
STANTON WOULD ACCEPT INVITE TO HOME RUN DERBY: Although he hasn't received a phone call from National League captain Matt Kemp just yet, Stanton said Tuesday he would love to participate in the home run derby if asked. Kemp, selected as the derby captain, mentioned on TV Tuesday he would select Stanton and teammate Andre Ethier. Four players from each league get picked to participate.
"It would be fun," said Stanton, who hit 34 home runs last season (5th in the NL) and had 13 entering Tuesday's game (tied with the Phillies' Hunter Pence for fourth in the NL).
"I watched it last year and it looked like a great time. Gaby [Sanchez] was there and a few others were tweeting about it. So, it was fun."
First baseman Logan Morrison has already offered to be Stanton's "towel boy" for the derby. "He wants to dab me up and give me Gatorade," Stanton said. "I told him if he puts some makeup on and gets a wig, I'll let him do it."
Morrison said he'll wear a skirt if he has to, and would even consider shaving his legs.
"It would be awesome because I would be giving him his water, his Gatorade, and his towel," Morrison said. "I'll be in Kansas City anyway. Hopefully he can hook me up with a field pass and I can be his towel boy, maybe a towel girl. Whatever he likes.
> Infante, hitting .311 (2nd among NL second baseman) with six home runs and 20 RBI, said he would be honored to get a second invite to the All-Star Game. He was selected to the game in 2010 as a reserve, but didn't get a chance to play in the game as a member of the Braves.
> Guillen said outfielder Austin Kearns, who went 1 for 3 in his first rehab assignment game in Jupiter Monday, should be back with the team when he's scheduled to come off the disabled list on Thursday. Kearns has been on the DL since May 24 with a tight right hamstring.
> Center fielder Emilio Bonifacio said Tuesday he expects to have the stitches removed from his surgically repaired left thumb next week. Bonifacio isn't expected back for a few more weeks.
> Morrison said a new sushi roll known as the "LoMo roll" will make its debut next week at Mr. Yum's Asian Cuisine in Miami (1945 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135). The roll, made with red tuna, yellow tuna, tempura flakes and jalapenos, is supposed to sell for $18.95 with 30 percent of the proceeds going to the American Lung Association.
> Braves (29-25): 1. Michael Bourn CF, 2. Martin Prado 3B, 3. Brian McCann C, 4. Dan Uggla 2B, 5. Freddie Freeman 1B, 6. Jason Heyward RF, 7. Andrelton Simmons SS, 8. Tim Hudson P, 9. Jose Constanza CF.
> Marlins (31-23): 1. Jose Reyes SS, 2. Omar Infante 2B, 3. Hanley Ramirez 3B, 4. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 5. Logan Morrison 1B, 6. Bryan Petersen CF, 7. John Buck C, 8. Chris Coghlan LF, 9. Anibal Sanchez P.