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This is the first time in franchise history that the Marlins will have two players starting in the Mid Summer Classics.
Before today, only two Marlins had ever been voted in. Hanley Ramirez and Garry Sheffield were the previous two to be voted in as starters.
This is Giancarlo Stanton’s 3rd All-Star selection, but it is unclear whether he will play in the game due to a broken bone in his wrist. This is the first time Giancarlo has been named a starter, although last year he was in the starting lineup as a DH. Giancarlo Stanton has a slash line this season of .265/.346/.606, which is very deserving of an All-star start, but let’s look at his other stats. Stanton has a career high ISO of .341 which is second in the MLB to his All-Star Game teammate, Bryce Harper who broke an All-Star Game voting record.
Giancarlo has been out for a week due to his injury, yet still leads all of baseball in home runs.
Oh, if you didn’t hear, Gianacarlo Stanton hits lots of home runs. Stanton also has a good OPS of .952. So, yes, you can say Stanton deserves this start and we all wished he was healthy enough to participate in the game.
This will be the second time Stanton misses an All-Star game because of injury. In 2012, he was selected in as a reserve but had to miss the game due to knee surgery.
And we must all be disappointed that we can’t see Stanton smash taters in the Home Run Derby. Stanton took place in the derby last year, but didn’t win.
This will be Dee Gordon’s second All-Star game, but just like Stanton, his first start.
Dee made the squad last year as a reserved. Dee earned his starting spot in this year’s game mainly at the beginning of the season when he was hitting every ball in sight. Dee Gordon has a slash line of .343/.364/.423.
Gordon started the season on fire but in the last 2 months or so has calmed down and has been struggling a bit. Dee has been the BABIP king though, with a BABIP of .404.But we all know Dee for his speed, he has stolen 29 bases on 40 attempts. Dee has been phenomenal on defense, statistically the best defensive second baseman in the NL.
Dee doesn’t have the fun power like Stanton. He does have one home run though, although that didn’t clear the fence. Last week vs the Giants, Dee hit an inside the park home run, the coolest thing he’s done all season.
The All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 14th.
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