Marlins could use boost in All-Star balloting

Marlins could use boost in All-Star balloting

Marlins could use boost in All-Star balloting
MIAMI -- Early voting numbers are out, and several Marlins need a boost in the ballots to represent the National League in the All-Star Game.

Omar Infante is having a terrific season, batting .311 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. But the veteran is third in the voting for the starting spot among National League second basemen.

Dan Uggla (872,136) leads all second basemen in the NL, followed by Brandon Phillips (586,835). Infante is at (512,049).

Infante is the highest vote-getter for the Marlins, who have made a tremendous surge in the National League East standings. Miami entered Tuesday's play tied with Washington atop the division.

The low-key Infante is more concerned with having offensive consistency than making the All-Star team.

"Yeah, I've had a good season," he said. "I need to bring my numbers up more. If I make it, nice. If I don't, it's no big deal."

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

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Infante isn't the only Marlin making a case to be an All-Star. Giancarlo Stanton blasted 12 home runs and drove in 30 runs in May to earn NL Player of the Month honors.

Stanton, however, isn't ranked in the top 15 among NL outfielders. Stanton could be a candidate to compete in the Home Run Derby, even if he isn't named to the All-Star team.

"I think Stanton and Infante are playing well," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think those two guys should be on the team. But I think everybody on my pitching staff, all my five starters, have been great."

The fans, however, don't vote for pitchers. In many ways, the players voted on have a history of success.

"People most of the time vote for the most popular players," Guillen said. "They got people on the DL and they still are leading in votes. They haven't played one game yet."

Miami shortstop Jose Reyes, a four-time All-Star, ranks fourth at his position with 425,682 votes. Troy Tulowitzki (823,708) is the front-runner, followed by Rafael Furcal (803,254) and Starlin Castro (526,811).

Reyes entered Tuesday night riding a 14-game hitting streak. It hurt the veteran that he had a sluggish April, but he has been getting hot of late.

The Marlins are positioned to garner plenty of votes because Tuesday is the first of a nine-game homestand. Ballots are available throughout Marlins Park, as well as on Marlins.com.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.