When Bryce Harper replaced Giancarlo Stanton for the 2012 All-Star game, it left the Miami Marlins without a representative for the event. Each team traditionally sends one All-Star and Marlins president David Samson believes the rule should still apply in his players case.
I just think that all teams are supposed to be represented and if our guy had to have surgery, he had to have surgery," he told Sporting News. "Obviously it has been a disappointing first half.
That said, there are plenty of other teams that have had disappointing first halves and have plenty of All Stars."
Unfortunately for the Marlins, they dont have a clear second All-Star. Stanton is hitting .282 with 19 home runs and 50 RBI. Samson suggested outfielder Justin Ruggiano to be selected but he has only played in 31 games this season.
Harper was picked by N.L. manager Tony La Russa and is the youngest position player to be named an All-Star. His numbers compare favorably to those in the Marlins lineup, aside from Stanton, and there is no rule preventing the manager from excluding a team. Still, Major League Baseball will have its All-Star showcase with one team left out.
In Samsons defense, there are six teams in the National League with worse records than the Marlins who still have players going. The Phillies for instance have three All-Stars this year and they are five games back from Miami in the N.L. East. The problem is, however, the rosters were set before Stanton backed out. When Stanton withdrew, there was only one spot left and team manager Tony La Russa must have determined that Bryce Harper was more deserving than anyone else on the Marlins.