Infante slips, but All-Star vote not over yet

Infante slips, but All-Star vote not over yet

Infante slips, but All-Star vote not over yet
MIAMI -- Like the team, several Marlins players have ground to make up in the voting for the Midsummer Classic in Kansas City.

The latest National League All-Star balloting update was released Tuesday, and only one Marlins player ranks among the leaders at his respective position.

Omar Infante remains in the mix at second base, but he has slipped in the rankings.

Infante now stands fifth. The veteran, who has been the team's most consistent position player all season, has 1,093,119 votes. He had been as high as third in the standings, which came a couple of weeks ago when the first wave of results were released.

Atlanta's Dan Uggla holds a commanding lead with 2,641,361 votes, followed by Brandon Phillips of the Reds (1,870,966). Houston's Jose Altuve is third at 1,479,652, and Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks has passed Infante, as he now has 1,202,051.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday 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 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 NL All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday 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

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 via the 2012 All-Star Game 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 for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

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Although he isn't in the top 15 among NL outfielders, Giancarlo Stanton is one of the promising young players in the game.

The 22-year-old, who was the NL Player of the Month in May, has had his struggles in June.

Stanton still could reach the All-Star Game as a reserve. He also is an intriguing candidate to be picked to compete in the Home Run Derby.

As a team, June has been a tough month for the Marlins. When a club is struggling, it's tough to generate individual support.

But the Marlins certainly have their share of talented players who are no strangers to the All-Star Game. During his tenure with the Mets, shortstop Jose Reyes went to four Midsummer Classics.

Reyes is starting to pick up his numbers at the plate. And third baseman Hanley Ramirez was a three-time All-Star starter as a shortstop.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for 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.