04 July 2011
First off, congratulations to Gaby Sanchez on his All-Star selection. Gaby was selected to be the Marlins representative in the 2011 All-Star game as a reserve managers pick. Marlins Big Catch has been campaigning for people to vote for Gaby for the All-Star game. Through 84 games Gaby Sanchez is batting .296 with 13 home runs, 47 RBI, and 41 runs. Although his numbers dropped off during the month of June, his numbers have been one of the best at his position all year long along with fellow All-Stars Prince Fielder and Joey Votto. Becoming an All-Star at first base in the NL, when both Ryan Howard and Albert Puljos were past over this year, is a real accomplishment.
While most Marlins believe that Anibal Sanchez was one of the biggest snubs of this years All-Star game, their is a slight chance that he could still make the team. Their is a rule in MLB that if a pitcher starts on the Sunday before the All-Star game than they have to be replaced on the team. As of right now the Giants Matt Cain, who was one of three Giants pitchers picked by Bruce Bochy to be on the All-Star Game, is scheduled to pitch on that Sunday and Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum are schedule to pitched on Saturday so if their is a rain delay their roster spots might open up. With at least one roster spot opening up Anibal Sanchez should be one of the top choices to be a replacement along with Dan Haren and Tommy Hanson. One advantage that Anibal should have over some his other potential competition is that he will be on full rest, while most of them are scheduled right now to pitch on Saturday or Sunday.
The other Marlins who could still participate in the 2011 All-Star festivities is Mike Stanton who could take part in the Home Run Derby. Stanton is tied for 9th in the NL right now with 16 home runs, six homers behind Lance Berkman who has 22. Stanton being a young upcoming star who has shown incredible power since day one. He is a guy that MLB should want to try an market nationally.
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