No All-Star representative disappoints Marlins
ST. LOUIS — The lone Marlins All-Star spent Sunday morning undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in Miami.
The procedure to Giancarlo Stanton removes the biggest threat in the Marlins lineup for about four to six weeks. The surgery also is preventing the 22-year-old from attending the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Kansas City.
MLB replaced Stanton with Washington’s Bryce Harper. Stanton’s spot in Monday’s State Farm Home Run Derby is being filled by Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen.
Since no Miami player was picked by Major League Baseball and National League manager Tony La Russa, the Marlins will not have anyone in uniform represented at Kauffman Stadium.
That decision disappoints Marlins president David Samson, who spoke to MLB officials about the situation.
“Yes. I spoke to MLB,” Samson said on Sunday morning.
The Marlins feel reliever Steve Cishek, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, and even pinch-hit specialist, Greg Dobbs, could have been considered. The same with second baseman Omar Infante.
“I think there were a lot of different ways that Tony or MLB could have gone,” Samson said. “I think it’s unfortunate. I think every team should be represented on the line at an All-Star Game.”
Asked if he was given a reason why no Miami replacement was selected, Samson added: “I can’t say that I had one.”
In 1988, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, then with the White Sox, was hit by a pitch and he didn’t participate in the All-Star Game. That season, he was the lone player from the White Sox to go. While Guillen was unable to play, he did attend the Midsummer Classic, and he was in uniform.
Because of surgery, Stanton won’t be able to travel to Kansas City.
“I think that all teams are supposed to be represented,” Samson said.
As a team, the Marlins have had a subpar first half, entering Sunday two games under .500.
“Obviously, it’s been a disappointing first half, there is no question about it,” Samson said. “That said, there’s plenty of other teams who have had disappointing first halves, who have plenty of All-Stars. We have a team full of All-Stars. If you look at the fact that this game counts, and you need people to win games, having Dobbs as an All-Star as a pinch-hitter off the bench. Having Cishek come in and get some righties out. Having Ruggiano come, who is completely clubbing the ball right now.
“Obviously, MLB or Tony, or whoever makes the decision had their own view of it. And it’s certainly disappointing. Listen, there is nothing you can do about it, except to say, I wish the first half would have gone differently.”
If Guillen had a choice, he’d recommend Ruggiano, Cishek or Infante.
“But everybody else, I don’t think they’ve had an All-Star year, to be honest,” Guillen said. “That’s my opinion. Maybe Cishek has put up nice numbers. I don’t know if Ruggiano has had enough at-bats. Right behind them, I’d put Infante. The rest of them, they should be watching TV.”
– Joe Frisaro