Marlins starters among All-Star hopefuls after MLB releases ballot
Eight Marlins find themselves on the National League All-Star ballot that was released Friday.
There are just three former All-Stars on the current 25-man roster: right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, reliever Carlos Marmol and ace Jose Fernandez.
Stanton, who leads the majors with 27 RBI, made the team in 2012 but didn’t participate because of an injury.
He was also scheduled to compete in the home run derby that year. He had hit .284 with 19 homers and 50 RBI up to that point.
Marmol was voted by players and coaches in 2008 as a member of the Cubs. He posted a 2-3 record and 3.61 ERA in 49 first-half games.
Fernandez went 5-5 with a 2.75 ERA prior to the break to earn an All-Star spot last year. He pitched a scoreless inning during the game.
Rafael Furcal is on the ballot at second base despite his absence so far this season as he rehabs from a strained left hamstring. He is a three-time All-Star, which includes 2012 — the last season he played before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Derek Dietrich, Donovan Solano and Jeff Baker have split time at second in his place.
Miami has had just one representative in each of the past three seasons (Fernandez 2013, Stanton 2012 and first baseman Gaby Sanchez 2011).
Voting runs through 11:59 p.m. EDT July 3. Fans may cast up to 25 ballots.
The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held at 8 p.m. July 15 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. It will be televised on FOX.