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06/14/05 12:00 PM EST
Delgado proving All-Star worthy
First baseman stands fifth in voting for his position
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
He may not have the total votes, but Carlos Delgado certainly is providing the numbers that make him worthy of representing the Marlins in the All-Star Game. Delgado's power is rapidly emerging as the left-handed hitting first baseman paces the club in home runs (13) and RBIs (45). For yet another week, Delgado remains fifth among National League first basemen in fan voting for the All-Star Game. The slugger is one of three Marlins in the top five of the popular vote at their position. Catcher Paul Lo Duca is staying steady at second, behind Mike Piazza of the Mets. This week, Miguel Cabrera moved up a notch to fourth, from fifth, in the vote for outfielders. Voting continues on floridamarlins.com and MLB.com. Voting at Dolphins Stadium closes on June 26. The Marlins promise to be well represented in the Midsummer Classic, scheduled for July 12 at Comerica Park in Detroit. A year ago, the Marlins sent a team-most four players to the All-Star Game. While fans don't vote for pitchers, it is extremely likely that Dontrelle Willis will make the club. The way the D-Train has pitched this season, there is a shot he could even start for the National League All-Stars. All eight regular Marlins position players are on the All-Star ballot. Manager Jack McKeon recently lobbied for shortstop Alex Gonzalez, a Gold Glove-caliber defender who is having a solid season at the plate, hitting in the difficult eighth spot. "He is unsung," McKeon said of Gonzalez. "I think he should be in the top three of the fans' vote." Gonzalez, at this stage, is not in the top five. Cabrera made the All-Star Game as a reserve last season in his first full year in the Major Leagues. Considering he has ranked among the National League leaders in batting average all season improves his chance of again making the team. Although Delgado is having a strong first season in the National League, he may face an uphill battle to make the All-Star squad because of stiff competition at the position. Albert Pujols of the Cardinals and former Marlin, Derrek Lee of the Cubs, are first and second, respectively, in the voting. However, the way Delgado is emerging, he has increased his chance of being an All-Star for the third time. During his time with the Blue Jays, the Puerto Rico native was an American League All-Star. Lo Duca also has been to the All-Star Game twice, including as a reserve while with the Dodgers last year.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.