Though they have not been much of an all star team, Major League Baseball requires that every team be represented in the All-Star Game by at least one person. There is a debate of who may be that all star for the Marlins. There are three legitimate candidates for the Miami Marlins representative in the 2013 All-Star Game in New York.
The de facto face of the franchise and power slugger is a viable candidate for being the Marlins all star. It may just be his name that gets him in, as Stanton has been out for most of the season with a hamstring injury. Stanton is known around the league as one of the best and most dangerous sluggers, so seeing him in the this year’s Midsummer Classic despite missing a majority of the season wouldn’t be a surprise.
This is the candidate who is most likely going to represent the Marlins in the All-Star Game. Fernandez has been outstanding all season, and is one of the most underrated rookies in the league. Having thrown 94 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched, he as a rate of 9.1 strikeouts for every nine innings pitched. This is the second best in MLB history for a 20 year old rookie, trailing only former-pitcher-now-outfielder Rick Ankiel. Along with a ferocious fastball that can extend to as much as 99 miles per hour, he also has some commanding breaking balls, including his nasty slider. When he takes the stage on the pitcher’s mound July 16th at Citi Field, as I am almost sure he will be in the All-Star Game, people will probably be thinking “Who is this guy?”. Well Fernandez will show everyone why he should be considered among the elites in Major League Baseball.
Ozuna has played lights out baseball since he started his rookie season in late April. He was not expected to be called up this season (Fernandez neither), but injury to Giancarlo Stanton forced the Marlins to bring him up to the majors. Ever since, Ozuna has become one of the best hitters in baseball, especially with runners in scoring position. Ozuna went on a 15 game hitting streak at one point during the season. Even when Stanton came back, he was moved to center field so the Marlins could get his offense. If the Marlins hottest hitter gets selected to the All-Star game.
While the Marlins are not worthy of sending an all star, they do have some talent on the team, even beyond the aforementioned three players, such as Logan Morrison, Derek Dietrich, Jacob Turner, and Nathan Eovaldi. I personally think that the Marlins lone representative in the Midsummer Classic will be 20 year old Cuban phenom Jose Fernandez.
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