Global push for #VoteHitsMcGehee

MIAMI — It may have to take a global effort to get Casey McGehee voted into the All-Star Game.

Japanese support sought to help Casey McGehee in Final Vote push.

Japanese support sought to help Casey McGehee in Final Vote push.

McGehee, certainly has the support of his Marlins’ teammates, who pull no punches when speaking out about how deserving the 31-year-old is. Still, it’s going to take more.

A Final Vote candidate, McGehee is currently fifth after the first day of voting.

The way the Marlins are looking at it, it’s just one day. The organization has mounted an all-out campaign aimed at drumming up support for McGehee.

A major push is being made in Japan, where McGehee played in 2013. Looking to re-charge his career, the veteran third baseman joined the Rakuten Golden Eagles, where he was part of a championship team.

McGehee was a teammate of Masahiro Tanaka, who used Twitter to encourge his followers to support the Marlins third baseman. Fans are encouraged to hashtag #VoteHitsMcGehee on Twitter.

The Marlins have reached out to Rakuten team executives, as well as some in the Japanese media to get the word out to vote for McGehee.

Final Voting is on MLB.com, and the deadline is Thursday.

Joe Frisaro

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