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Marlins upset they don’t have an All-Star

Jul 8, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

David Samson AP

The Marlins lost their lone All-Star when Giancarlo Stanton‘s knee injury caused him to be replaced Saturday, and they’re steamed that another Marlin wasn’t picked to replace him.

“I just think that all teams are supposed to be represented and if our guy had to have surgery, he had to have surgery,” team president David Samson said.

Samson made it clear he didn’t think Bryce Harper was the right choice to replace Stanton.

“If you look at the fact that this game counts and you need people to win games. Having (Greg) Dobbs as an All-Star as a pinch-hitter off the bench, having (Steve) Cishek come in and get some righties out. Having (Justin) Ruggiano coming who is completely clubbing the ball right now. I think he may have as much service time as the guy they named to replace Stanton this year, although I don’t know actually.”

Yeah, we’re sure more Marlins fans would have tuned in Tuesday night to see Ruggiano in the game.

Samson does have a point, though: all teams are supposed to be represented in the game and now the Marlins aren’t. It would have made a lot of sense to put Jose Reyes on the squad. He’s a legitimate star, at least, and the NL team had already replaced an injured shortstop (Ian Desmond) with an outfielder (Michael Bourn).

  1. redguy12588 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    The Marlins didn’t have anyone other than Stanton that deserved go. The guys that the Marlins Pres mentioned are all utility players.

    • Old Gator - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Let the Chihuahua go himself. I don’t remember Tony LaRussa naming a ball boy yet.

    • stex52 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      The Astros are in the same situation. If Altuve went down I would give some thought to Wandy, but honestly, no one else deserves it.

      • oltanya - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM


  2. Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Maybe if the Marlins didn’t suck so much they’d have a second player worthy of representing them. Stanton is still an All Star. Try building a team that isn’t terrible next time.

    • pinkfloydprism - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Maybe MLB does not like their new uniforms?

  3. rcali - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Maybe they should build a new ballpark for the players so they’ll want to play better.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM


      I’m reality, have we met?

      There is nothing wrong with the new park except maybe the sculpture and possibly the lime green but aside from that, the place is beautiful and guarantees baseball everyday, as opposed to playing in a football stadium

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Hi reality, have you met sarcasm?

      • raysfan1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM


        I’m sense of humor, have we met?

        Rcali’s post was obviously a joke, based on the fact that the Marlins have a nice, new stadium…not ridiculously suggesting they need yet another one.

      • cur68 - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:00 AM


        …I just wanted to say “hi”, too….

  4. astrosfan75956 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Screw the marlins, the fans dont even show up to the new ballpark.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      and have you seen how the team has played recently? Maybe if they could hit their way out of a wet paper bag, they could stir up some excitement

    • raysfan1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Uh, the Marlins are averaging 6k more fans per game at their park than the Astros are at theirs. (and, sadly, 8K/game more than at my favorite team’s home, but I’m not the one throwing stones in glass houses)

  5. cerowb - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    The All-Star game has got to be the stupidest event ever. Honestly, is it worth it? It’s just weeks of bitching about who gets in/who doesn’t get in, the rules, how players are used, etc.

    Who gives a damn? Cancel the stupid thing once and for all. Waste of time.

    • stex52 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      I’m with you on that. Silly waste of time. Baseball is about teams.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      It’s only a waste of time if you spend time on something that doesn’t interest you, and whose fault is that? I like the All-Star Game, always have; so do a lot of people. Go ahead: watch repeats of “Big Bang Theory.” Who’s making you pay attention or read blog posts about it?

  6. contraryguy - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    So Reyes is a little off-pace (.266 with 20 steals), he’s still a 4-time All-Star who can play SS or even fill in at 2B if needed. This has to be the most screwed-up NL All-Star squad in years.

    • Ben - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      The Jose Reyes of 1.4 WAR and a 96 wRC+ (4% below average)? Doesn’t sound much like an all-star to me.

  7. mikeincmn - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    They should worry more about how empty that new ballpark is every night.

    • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      You should worry more about checking your facts before you make idiotic, outdated comments. Their attendance this year has been at least two rankings beyond their market size position, even with the team playing badly.

  8. mungman69 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Doesn’t matter who deserves to go, every team is to be represented.

  9. jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    It’s tradition that every team be represented but then again Tony Larussa can sometimes be as likable as David Samson

    Whatever, the all star game has kind of been a joke for a whole now

  10. randygnyc - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Officially, Stanton is an All Star, whether he shows up or not. MLB has no further obligation to the Marlins. Had he not been voted in or named to the team, Larussa would’ve been compelled. Now, the truth remains, there isn’t another ballplayer on the Marlins that has earned a spot.

  11. hustleandflomax - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    What is with all the All-Star whining this year? The players that play in it don’t even seem to care anyways. These assholes need to learn a thing or two about ‘perspective’.

  12. paperlions - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I just saw a preview for “The Franchise”, which I didn’t know even existed. The chance for inadvertent comedy seems very high.

  13. raysfan1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    This is why, if at all possible, every player named to an all-star squad should show up, be in uniform, nad get his name announced with the rest of the team. Then there is no question about whether a team is represented.

    • shoptaw70 - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Agreed. That’s what happened in 2002. Matt Morris was the only Cardinal rep, but was still reeling from Darryl Kile’s death. He showed up and was announced, showing a remembrance of DK on his palms and had Kile’s jersey in the clubhouse.

      I’m pretty sure he was replaced on the roster by someone, but it wasn’t a Cardinal.

  14. scatterbrian - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    “It would have made a lot of sense to put Jose Reyes on the squad. He’s a legitimate star…”

    What does this mean? He’s popular, and paid a lot of money, but that doesn’t equal All-Star. Josh Johnson or Omar Infante would make more sense.

  15. styx630 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Go cry into the pile of money you stole from Miami-Dade county, Samson.

  16. electstat - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    The Marlins should be scrapped. They can’t play and they don’t draw fans. They don’t “deserve” to have anyone else on the A.S. team. This whole country is nothing but a bunch of people feeling they are entitled.

    • Old Gator - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Hardball Talk – your one stop shop for sophisticated social commentary.

  17. mikeincmn - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Cishek is the one guy you can make an argument for. Dobbs doesnt deserve to be their and Ruggiano has had a good month and thats about it.

    The whole idea that it matters if a team is represented is stupid. People in Miami already have the Marlins low on their list of things to give a shit about, a player getting an at bat or two or an inning isnt gonna get them to tune in. Same goes in every other market.

    Samson should be more concerned about how awful his farm system has become after all the years of having a loaded one, how Logan Morrison has become more popular for twitter than anything he has ever done on the diamond, how his SS and 3B appear to totally not care, how his overrated manager pissed off a segment of the fan base and has generally just pouted on the bench and how awful that Heath Bell contract is gonna be over the next two and a half years.

  18. randygnyc - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Speaking of Heath Bell, where is the clamoring for his spot on the AS roster? In other words, how come no one has been fired in the Marlin’s front office for his signing?

    • ptfu - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      Spoken like a scion of Steinbrenner. “Fire someone upstairs for signing a non-All Star!” Well done.

  19. ashoreinhawaii - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    I think the “every team has to be represented”rule is one of the reasons why the All-Star game has become a joke.
    Selig, however, had such a desire – to put it politely – to get Harper in the game, that he is willing once again to change the rules to get what he wants – TV money.

  20. birdsnblues - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    That’s payback for having that SWAPMEET FISHTHINGY in the outfield

  21. tomtravis76 - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Samson does get the job done, he does it dirty and screws people over all the time, but it gets done for his boss. He helped totally screw the Dolphins chance of getting any public funds, which they shouldn’t get anyways.

  22. mbuffet - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Ruggiano should have gone. He has 2 less homers and less than half the walks of Harper, but with only 1/3 the at-bats! He has a higher average, OBP, and slugging percentage than Harper, plus he has more time server. Harper’s brand new and I know many will say it is irrelevant, I’m not one of them.

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