The first results of the All-Star Game voting by fans were released Tuesday and, as usual, it was tough to find Marlins.
Miami, in a virtual tie for first place in the National League East entering Tuesday’s game against the Braves, had just two players listed among the top position players receiving votes for the 83rd All-Star Game next month in Kansas City.
And the bigger surprise was that none of them was named Giancarlo Stanton, who crushed his way to NL Player of the Month honors in May.
Stanton, 22, was nowhere to be found among the top 15 outfielders receiving votes. Second baseman Omar Infante, meanwhile, ranked third at his position with 512,049 votes, and Jose Reyes received 425,682 votes, fourth among shortstops.
The news hardly surprised the Marlins. The club has had only two players ever voted by the fans as starters: Gary Sheffield at third base in 1993 and Hanley Ramirez at shortstop from 2008 to 2010.
“The people who vote for All-Stars, it’s all about the most popular players,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “There are people on the DL who are still among the top [vote-getters]. But I don’t pay attention to that.
“... You can’t control it. You’re famous in baseball when you do stupid things. Ask me about it. When you’re good they’re like ‘OK, whatever.’ … Hopefully he’ll get the recognition with how we’re playing and for carrying this ballclub.”
Asked who in his opinion is worthy of being an All-Star, Guillen mentioned Infante, Stanton and his entire starting rotation.
“The five starters have been great,” Guillen said. “For me, they’re my All-Stars. … I’m good enough with that.”
Although he hasn’t received a phone call from National League captain Matt Kemp just yet, Stanton said Tuesday he would love to participate in the Home Run Derby if asked.
Kemp mentioned on TV on Tuesday that he would select Stanton and teammate Andre Ethier. Four players from each league get picked to participate.
“I watched it last year, and it looked like a great time,” said Stanton, who hit 34 home runs last season (fifth-most in the NL) and had 13 entering Tuesday’s game (tied with the Phillies’ Hunter Pence for fourth in the NL).
• Guillen said outfielder Austin Kearns, who went 1 for 3 in his first rehab-assignment game in Jupiter on Monday, should be back with the team when he’s scheduled to come off the disabled list Thursday. Kearns has been on the DL since May 24 with a tight right hamstring.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (3-3, 4.83 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Randall Delgado (3-5, 4.58), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Thursday: Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53) vs. Braves LHP Mike Minor (2-4, 6.98), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: The Marlins have won in each of Johnson’s past six starts, and he is 5-3 with 2.29 ERA in 15 starts against the Braves.