The 2014 National League All-Star starters were announced this evening, and Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton didn’t make the cut.
While Stanton is poised to join NL captain Troy Tulowitzki in the Home Run Derby, he failed to match the votes Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gomez and Yasiel Puig received. He finished fourth in fan voting, nearly 500k votes behind Puig, and will likely serve as the team’s designated hitter. This is Stanton’s first All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.
#Marlins Stanton says he was told he would be the NL DH in All-Star game.
— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 6, 2014
Stanton currently leads the NL in home runs, runs batted in and total bases and trails only Tulowitzki in Wins Above Replacement among NL position players according to bWAR and fWAR.
Miami may call not Stanton their lone representative this year, as third basemen Casey McGehee made the MLB Final Vote ballot, allowing fans to vote him as the last player on the roster.
Other deserving candidates, like starter Henderson Alvarez and closer Steve Cishek were also snubbed from the roster. Alvarez was not selected despite having the 4th best ERA in the NL and a 1.04 ERA over his last 10 starts. He still has a shot if a pitcher pitches on the Sunday before the game or in case of an injury.