Their beef? When the latest All-Star voting update was released Monday, Giancarlo Stanton had slipped to fourth in voting among National League outfielders.
“I know that there are many talented, deserving outfielders in the National League,” Marlins infielder Ed Lucas said. “But I do not think you can find three that are more deserving than him.”
Yet Stanton trails Yasiel Puig, Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Gomez in the voting among NL outfielders even though, statistically, he’s enjoying a much better season than those three. Stanton leads the league in homers and RBI, has a .303 average and established a new single-season career high Monday night with his seventh stolen base.
In a head-to-head comparison, Stanton’s WAR (wins against replacement) of 4.5 is not only tops among outfielders, it is significantly better than McCutchen (3.7), Gomez (2.9) or Puig (2.8). His OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .983 also leads all NL outfielders. McCutchen is a distant second with an OPS of .948.
“You can’t ask him to do anything else,” Lucas said.
Said manager Mike Redmond: “There’s no way this guy shouldn’t be a starter in an All-Star Game.”
Voting by fans continues online at MLB.com through July 3. But Stanton lost considerable ground relative to the other outfielders in the latest release. Puig, McCutchen and Gomez each has received more than 2,400,000 votes; Stanton sits at just over 2,130,000.
“That’s a joke,” McGehee said. “That’s inexcusable. I don’t know how he could not be in the starting lineup in the All-Star Game with what he’s done. Everyone probably has their own bias. But I think, objectively, I don’t see how he could be kept out of the starting lineup.”
Stanton figures to be the only Marlin on the NL squad, though many believe McGehee has a strong case with the season he’s having. McGehee’s .390 average with runners in scoring position leads the league.Adeiny Hechavarria
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