Ozuna needs late push to climb up All-Star ballot

Marlins center fielder enjoying breakout season, but needs voting help

Ozuna needs late push to climb up All-Star ballot

MIAMI -- Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna continues to enjoy a breakout season, but the 25-year-old needs plenty of fan support to be considered an All-Star.

For the second straight week, the Marlins don't have any players listed among the finalists at their respective positions. But that doesn't mean the club doesn't have candidates worthy of consideration.

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Ozuna is making the strongest case. He ranks among all National League outfielders in batting average (.321), home runs (15) and RBIs (43).

"This game, you have to learn every year," Ozuna said.

Ozuna also is having a strong bounce-back season after a disappointing 2015.

"I was thinking everything was going to be easy, because I did it before," Ozuna said. "Work a little bit, that's it. Now you have to work harder every year to get better."

National League All-Star voting update

Along with Ozuna, the Marlins also have All-Star performers in left fielder Christian Yelich, third baseman Martin Prado and catcher J.T. Realmuto. A sentimental candidate who is not on the ballot is outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, a write-in candidate, who is closing in on 3,000 hits in his Major League career.

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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.