Marlins giving McGehee star treatment
ST. LOUIS — The All-Star rosters will be announced on Sunday, and the Marlins are hopeful that third baseman Casey McGehee is on the list.
Even if he isn’t, to the Miami players and coaches, McGehee is receiving star treatment.
McGehee stepped up yet again on Saturday afternoon, delivering the game-tying, two-out, RBI single to right-center off Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning.
Miami pulled out a 6-5 comeback win when Jeff Baker came through with an RBI single to left.
“That’s an All-Star at-bat for Casey McGehee right there,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
The N.L. All-Stars are managed by Mike Matheny of the Cardinals, who has seen McGehee first hand the last two days.
McGehee fouled off five straight full-count pitches before putting the ball in the gap, scoring Donovan Solano from first.
Solano actually was getting tired because with the count full, he had to keep running on each pitch. Five straight times he was in motion before he raced from first home with the tying run.
“I was on first and on the 3-2 count, he got a foul ball, a foul ball, a foul ball, a foul ball and a foul ball,” Solano said. “And I thought, I’m really tired. I need some water. I just tell myself that no matter what, I need to run 100 percent, give all I had, no matter where the ball is hit. I need to run hard to home.”
McGehee is riding a 12-game hitting streak, a career high. He is batting .317 and he’s driven in 52 runs. McGehee leads all NL third basemen in both categories.
To the Marlins, there is no doubt McGehee should be at the All-Star Game.
“Look at today, that’s all I have to say,” teammate Christian Yelich said. “Look at that at-bat in the ninth inning. That’s pretty impressive. The guy is throwing 97, 98, 99. Flips that curve up there, fouls it off. Ninty-eight, fouls it off. Ninty-nine, fouls it off. Gets a big hit and ties the game up for us. He’s been doing that all year. That’s a night after night thing that he goes out and does. I think he’s definitely deserving. Let’s see how it plays out.”
Whether he is an All-Star or not, McGehee is handling everything in stride.
“I think I’ve said before, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t care,” the 31-year-old said. “But at the same time, it’s not going to make or break my year, or my day, being on it or off it. It would be a tremendous honor to be selected. As long as the 24 other guys and the coaches in this clubhouse has faith in me to do my job and trust me to do my job that’s all I can ask for. Anything else is just kind of extra. It would be curious to find out, for sure.”
– Joe Frisaro