All-Star J.T. Realmuto Sets Pace for Miami Marlins

MIAMI, FL - JULY 17: J.T. Realmuto
MIAMI, FL - JULY 17: J.T. Realmuto /

It’s an exciting time for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, one that he may never top and certainly won’t have the chance to experience in his lifetime.

The Miami Marlins lone All-Star for tonight’s game in Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park, Realmuto is having the season of his career, welcomed the birth of his first child recently and was recognized as one of the best in the game with an invite to the Mid-Summer Classic.

Per Joe Frisaro of, Gracie Laine Realmuto was born July 10, a week before the All-Star Game, which can be seen at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX. As a family, they made the trip to Washington, D.C.

"“That was something that’s very special to me, just spending my time with them,” Realmuto said Monday during media day, via Frisaro’s story."

The only thing that might make it better is if the Marlins were a winning franchise. The organization is getting better, but it still has a long way to go. While the excitement of the past week’s events has made tonight special, there is still talk of the team fielding offers for Realmuto.

It’s part of the process, one he cannot control and must wait to see what happens.

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You know my feelings on this as I believe the team should keep Realmuto and build around him with the plethora of young talent this organization now possesses. Having Realmuto as the face of this franchise wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

If Realmuto is traded, the team will collect a ransom, well above the asking price on a team full of superstars. If the team keeps him, there is a chance he will be offered a contract extension to possibly end his career where it started.

"“My name will be part of those rumors,” he said. “I just have to kind of put that to the side and not pay too much attention to it. Until I get a call telling me I’m traded or not traded, all those rumors don’t mean too much.”"

A team in the playoff hunt could use Realmuto’s bat and his defense behind the plate. If the Marlins believe they can field a winner in the near future, then they should allow their All-Star to enjoy a celebration in South Florida.

If the rebuilding process will take longer than four or five seasons, they should allow him to enjoy what the playoff experience is like.

Realmuto will have a chance to experience the pageantry of the All-Star Game tonight. Hopefully, it is the first of many to come. Hopefully, they will come in a Marlins uniform.

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If not, the memories from this trip to Washington, D.C. will forever be etched a member of an organization that owes him more than the stellar play he has given them since he became a professional player.