Giancarlo Stanton named to first All-Star team; lone Marlins player to be selected

Giancarlo Stanton was selected as the Marlins lone representative for the All-Star team.

Stanton, the power hitting right fielder, is a first time All-Star despite not being among the top 15 outfielders in the fan voting. He was a manager's selection. Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will manage the team. La Russa retired following last season's World Series title.

Stanton entered the day hitting .283 and was third in the NL with 18 home runs and tied for ninth with 49 RBI. He was the NL's player of the month in May. He celebrated his milestone by hitting an opposite field home run in the third inning Sunday against the Phillies.

Manager Ozzie Guillen says the selection of Stanton, 22, is great for baseball and the organization because "you've got new blood, new kids coming out to the All-Star game. It's not the same guys all the time."

The Marlins will have one representative for the game, which is July 10 in Kansas City, for the second consecutive year after going three years with two players on the team, including one starter.

Stanton, who was at the plate in the first inning Sunday when it became official he was chosen, also will participate in the home run derby on Monday.

"It's going to be a really fast three days," said pitcher Josh Johnson, an All-Star in 2009 and 2010. "It's going to be non-stop because he's going to have to do all the media stuff for the home run derby. He'll have zero time to relax."

Johnson is looking forward to watching Stanton in the home run derby, saying he hits the ball harder than any player he has ever seen.

"It's incredible," Johnson said. "Watching him take BP, especially hitting the ball the other way, he's hit ball into the upper deck here. You sit there and ‘wow.'''

Guillen was asked if he worries at all that Stanton's swing will be affected by participating in the home run derby.

"You always worry about it," he said. "I worry. … make sure it's not getting in your mind. … change your swing."

But the benefit outweighs any concern for Guillen, who believes the way Stanton will not have to alter his swing.

"That's something baseball needs, having kids coming up like that, enjoying the home run thing," Guillen said. "That good for everything, kids can see kids doing that."


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