Stanton, Marlins need ASG help; Ichiro a candidate?

Stanton, Marlins need ASG help; Ichiro a candidate?

SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins are having a competitive season, remaining over .500 and within striking distance of their National League East rivals. But when it comes to the All-Star voting results, Miami is being shut out.

Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins' three-time All-Star right fielder, had been the organization's lone player ranked among the voting leaders. But in Wednesday's NL ballot update, Stanton fell out of the top 15 outfielders. Still, there are several Miami players worthy of consideration, including third baseman Martin Prado and outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.

The Marlins also have perhaps a sentimental choice, Ichiro Suzuki, who isn't on the ballot. Fans can name Ichiro as a write-in candidate.

Ichiro's historic hit No. 4,256

Ichiro is aiming to reach several milestones, including 3,000 MLB hits.

"He's not playing every day," manager Don Mattingly said. "But I think there have been instances where you know a guy's in their last year that they'll take those guys.

"But I know Ich has talked about playing for another seven years or something. So I'm not sure he fits into that last-year category. But he's having a tremendous year for us so far."

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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.