Giancarlo Stanton may still be the best player in baseball that no one knows about. He has the fourth best WAR (coming into play Tuesday), yet is still in fourth place in All-Star voting for the upcoming All-Star game.
The updated National League voting tallies were released on Tuesday, and Stanton remains fourth in the race for the top three starting spots.
With 2,681,019 votes, Stanton trails Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers for the third spot. Puig has 3,001,907 votes.
Stanton needs to make up a 320,888 deficit to become a starter. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (3,173,810) and Carlos Gomez of the Brewers (3,169,748) are the top two outfield vote getters.
That means one of two things:
- Stanton doesn’t get enough recognition around baseball
- Marlins fans are not doing their job of voting for Stanton
More than likely, it’s a combination of both things. But the second thing can be easily repaired by you. Voting closes on Thursday for All-Star starters. That means you have two days to bring Stanton back and vote him into the game as a starter. You can vote for Stanton up to 25 times a day (35 times if you’re logged into your MLB.com account).
Here is how Stanton stacks up to the rest of the outfielders he’s competing with for the spot (H/T Fishstripes):
Despite all of this, however, Stanton remains behind Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gomez, and Yasiel Puig in the All-Star voting for the NL outfield! Gomez currently is pacing Stanton still after overtaking him last week. The numbers, however, still support Stanton.
PLAYER, 2014 PA AVG OBP SLG WOBA FWAR Andrew McCutchen 361 .314 .418 .525 .410 3.3 Yasiel Puig 344 .311 .401 .517 .400 3.2 Giancarlo Stanton 360 .313 .408 .590 .422 4.1 Carlos Gomez 337 .310 .375 .525 .393 3.6
Gomez is a deserving candidate, as are the other two current starters, but Stanton clearly is the best player of the bunch so far this year. He owns the best batting line, one of the best star appeals as an elite home run hitter, and has the best performance overall thus far.
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