McGehee comes up short in NL Final Vote race
Despite Miami's international campaign, Cubs' Rizzo wins final NL roster spot
NEW YORK -- In the eyes of the Marlins, Casey McGehee is an All-Star.
Unfortunately for the Miami third baseman, the voters saw it differently.
After Thursday's final results came in, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs was the winner of the National League Final Vote. Rizzo received 8.8 million votes, enough to edge out Colorado's Justin Morneau. Justin Upton of the Braves finished third, followed by Anthony Rendon of the Nationals and McGehee.
In the American League, Chris Sale of the White Sox was the AL Final Vote winner.
Although McGehee came up short in the Final Vote, which took place on MLB.com, it doesn't diminish the tremendous first half the 31-year-old has had.
McGehee, who is batting .320, paces the National League in hits with 112. His 53 RBIs are the most of any NL third baseman and he tops the Majors with a .398 average with runners in scoring position.
McGehee is also tied for the MLB lead in game-winning RBIs with 11. He shares the honor with St. Louis' Matt Holliday and Philadelphia's Chase Utley.
As an organization, the Marlins were so passionate about getting McGehee in the All-Star Game that they embarked on an aggressive Final Vote campaign.
Players, coaches and the public relations and marketing staffs were all involved.
An all-out push was made to encourage fans to take to Twitter and use the hashtag #VoteHitsMcGehee. On Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, there was a frantic six-hour scramble of votes being tabulated on Twitter.
McGehee received support from South Florida all the way to Japan, where he played last season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.
With the Eagles in 2013, McGehee was a teammate of current Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who sent out a retweet on his Twitter account to encourage fans to Vote for McGehee.
It wasn't just former teammates in Japan who encouraged voting for McGehee. Yu Darvish of the Rangers also threw his support behind McGehee.
Since McGehee was placed on the Final Vote ballot on Sunday, Miami players have sported T-shirts that read "#VoteHitsMcGehee."
The Marlins players also put together video clips urging fans to vote for their teammate.
Barring any last-minute changes, Giancarlo Stanton will be the only Miami player at the All-Star Game, which takes place on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis.