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Despite late Twitter push, McGehee doesn't win vote for final NL All-Star roster spot

NEW YORK -- The Marlins and their media relations staff hit the social network scene hard Thursday afternoon begging fans to help third baseman Casey McGehee rally and win the fan vote for the final spot on the National League All-Star team.

But alas, the #VoteHitsMcGehee tweets weren't enough. McGehee, who came into the day trailing heavily among the five players picked for the final vote, didn't get the nod. 

The final spots on the 34-man All-Star rosters for each league went to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (8.8 million votes) and White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (6.7 million votes). Rizzo attended Douglas High in Broward County. Sale grew up in Lakeland, Fla. and attended Florida Gulf Coast University.

According to MLB.com, over the final six hours of voting up until 4 p.m., tweets using the designated hashtag of each candidate were counted as part of each player's final vote tally. Balloting had begun Sunday night with the presentation of the five nominees per league by All-Star managers John Farrell of the Red Sox and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals.

According to MLB.com's voting map, which actually color-coded every county in the country and awarded it based on the votes received there, Morneau earned an overwhelming 68.6 percent of the tweet vote nationally. McGehee finished fourth in the NL in the tweet vote with 4.9 percent.

McGehee, who leads the NL in hits and average with runners in scoring position, could still make the All-Star team as an injury replacement.


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Stan M

No game and nothing to do. So I checked out some of the literature that has been written about the Marlins situation and their esteemed owner:

Thomas Payne wrote, "These are the times that try Marlin fans souls"

One can never forget Dickens great work, "It was the best of times, not so, it was the worse of times, it was the age of little wisdom, it was the age of fooling the public"

Then there was Alfred Noyes biographical poem of Loria titled, "The Highwayman" You might remember a few of the lines, "And the highwayman came riding, riding, riding up to the ballpark's door". Also, "He'd a French cocked baseball cap on his forehead, a bunch of flab under his chin..."

Then there was Joyce Kilmer's wonderful rendering of, "The ball park with nobody in it"

Got any more, anyone?

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Literary masterpieces, Stan!

Now that the Marlins are done with their "a day late, a dollar short" All Star campaign for McGehee, how about they stop with their constant smoke and mirrors branding long enough to sign him to the market-value extension he's earned?

Stan, can it be any clearer how those TV guys are shills? Allison Williams is a much more deserving talent of being in the booth, but Fox is the most misogynistic TV network in the Western Hemisphere.

Stan M

CT, in general, I still like our two main TV announcers, Rich much more than Tommy. But Fox dislikes women? Come on, we get to see intelligent, well educated, beautiful women all over their cable site. I have nothing against Allison and also think she is cute. But she couldn't replace Rich's professionalism, or Tommy's baseball expertise. That doesn't mean that she wouldn't be a welcome addition as a third person in the booth. Certainly she would be a better choice than Wilson or Conine. I would really like to see her replace Minerini who is a phony when not on the air in my opinion.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Tolstoy wrote about Marlins fans: "All happy fans are alike; each unhappy Marlins fan is unhappy because of the Fat Gargoyle-faced Pig owner."

Nietzsche wrote: "The lie is a condition of life. Ergo, the Fat Gargoyle-faced Pig owner is a massive condition for all Marlins fans."

Contemporary American author Bryant McGill wrote: "The world is not fair, and often fools, cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places. Exhibit A - the Fat Gargoyle-faced Pig owner, who is all of those rolled up into one flabby gelatinous ball."

Dionysus Thelxinoe

I think Allison demonstrates more professionalism and expertise than both.


Stanton must be pissed that the fans didn't respond for him or for McGehee.


Also, Allison just has a few years experience. Take it easy dude, not even the Fox CEO's incompetent son straight out of college could get in the booth without much experience.

I've no doubt Allison has a bright future in sports (she does other sports in the off season, by the way), but this seems like complaining for complaining's sake.


Stan..I believe what Thomas Paine actually said, upon observing all the scouts with stopwatches, was, "These are the souls that time men's tries."

Stan M

Excellent, hayu


McGehee is a victim of being a Marlins player having an excellant season in front of a handful of fans. Next year ,when he's on a different team, McGhee's first half numbers might be rewarded by an actual fan base over a few thousand. Same ol' story.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

"Allison has a bright future in sports"? " Fox CEO's incompetent son straight out of college"?

If you had included the phrase "Let's turn the page," you could've passed for a Marlins front office toady.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

There is a huge difference between complaining and shining a light on both a) Fat Gargoyle-faced pig owners, and b) wrongs perpetrated by those who prefer to do it under obscure darkness.


DT...I always thought he had more of a babuino face. But what the hell? I guess it all depends on the angle from which you view his visage.

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