PHOENIX -- Casey McGehee isn’t leading his own campaign to land a spot in the All-Star Game, saying it makes him feel “weird” and “uncomfortable to help out my own cause.”
“It’s a little bit out of my comfort zone,” McGehee said.
But the Marlins are going to bat for McGehee, using social media to encourage fans to vote McGehee onto the team. The third baseman is one of five finalists for the final spot on the National League roster. Voting is being conducted at MLB.com.
“Obviously, I want to go to the All-Star Game,” McGehee said.
Many feel McGehee was deserving of an All-Star spot based on his season so far. McGehee leads the league in hits, hitting with runners in scoring position, and leads third basemen in RBI and average.
But he was snubbed in the process, losing out to the fan’s pick, Aramis Ramirez, the player’s pick, Todd Frazier, and manager Mike Matheny’s selection of Matt Carpenter, one of his own players on the Cardinals’ roster.
McGehee admitted he was “a little surprised” by the choice of Carpenter, but also understood why Matheny would go with his own player.
Still, many — including McGehee’s friends and teammates — were angered by his omission. McGehee said his phone has been ringing non-stop with people outraged that he wasn’t chosen to the team.
“To be honest, I got here a little early because I needed to get away from my phone for a while,” McGehee said while standing inside the Marlins’ clubhouse on Monday. “There were some people on the warpath, for sure.”
McGehee’s teammates all showed their support for him by wearing specially designed T-shirts during batting practice, encouraging fans to vote for him.
• The Marlins acquired minor-league reliever Matt Ramsey from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in exchange for international pool money. Ramsey, a right-hander, was assigned to Double A Jacksonville. The 24-year-old pitcher has appeared in 24 games this season for Double A Montgomery, going 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA while striking out 46 and walking 23 in 33 2/3 innings.
• Tuesday: Marlins LHP Brad Hand (0-1, 6.21) at Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Vidal Nuno (2-5, 5.42 with Yankees), 9:40 p.m., Chase Field.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.75) at Diamondbacks RHP Josh Collmenter (7-5, 3.98), 3:40 p.m., Chase Field.