Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/14
The deadline for fans to vote for the All-Star Game was 11:59 p.m. Thursday night, and barring some ballot-stuffing that hasn’t been seen before, Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is going to need the support of his peers in the player vote to earn a trip to the Midsummer Classic. Statistically, McGehee has as strong an argument as any Marlin not named Giancarlo Stanton to earn an invite to Minneapolis for the July 15 game. He entered the series finale against the Phillies on Thursday third in the National League in hits (100), tied for seventh in RBI (49) and hitting a NL-best .398 with runners in scoring position. The last Marlin to have at least 100 hits 84 games into the season was Hanley Ramirez in 2009. Ramirez, selected by the fans as an All-Star starter that season, also had 14 homers at the break. And that’s a number not lost on McGehee. He knows if he had more than one home run through his first 84 games he would probably have been on the radar in the fan vote. “That’s the cool number kids, anybody voting likes to see. I get it from that standpoint,” McGehee said. “But my job isn’t to make All-Star teams. My job is to try to help this team win. Like any sport, there are guys that try to do the small things to help their team and make a big difference. “For me to be back in the big leagues is rewarding enough as it is. If in December when I signed you had asked anybody if I’d be having this conversation — myself included — I wouldn’t have taken the bet. Just to be in the conversation it means a lot to me. I couldn’t ask for a better start to the season. Make it or not [to the All-Star Game], it’s not going to change my approach and what I try to accomplish the second half of the season.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/03/4217567/miami-marlins-casey-mcgehee-is.html#storylink=cpy
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