With the final vote underway for the last remaining National League all-star, hope is quickly fading for the Marlins to add a second all-star to the team. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Casey McGehee is currently in last place on the final ballot which will determine the last spot on the team.
All is not lost for McGehee yet. Apparently the Rakuten Eagles, Casey’s former team from Japan, is even getting in on the act by voting for him.
— 楽天イーグルス (@Rakuten__Eagles) July 8, 2014
My Japanese is a little rusty, but I know the hashtag #VoteHitsMcGehee when I see it.
I have heard a lot of people say that others, such as Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals, should make it instead of McGehee. I am firmly in the camp that McGehee belongs in the all-star game. I know he might not have the best WAR among third baseman, and that the RBI stat is archaic, but baseball, at its core, is about getting hits, and McGehee has more hits than any player in the National League. He may not be a prototypical cleanup hitter with only 1 home run, but it isn’t his fault that the Marlins lack power to bat behind Giancarlo Stanton. I think the person who has accumulated the most hits in the first half of the season deserves an all star nod. Just my 2 cents.
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As it stands now, the Marlins third baseman is leading the National League in hits with 110. With just a few days until the All Star break, and a 4 hit lead over the number two slot on the leaderboards, McGehee could very well join the likes of the first group of players as being a hits leader at the break.