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Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Could Still Start 2014 MLB All-Star Game

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Luckily for Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, this year’s MLB All-Star Game is going to be played at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This means that Stanton could still start the game for the National League All-Star team in the designated hitter slot.

Stanton is going to be a full part of the all-star festivities. He will be on the National League Home Run Derby team and will be playing in the all-star game. He is not officially a starter because he is not going to start the outfield for the Senior Circuit. Carlos Gomez, Yasiel Puig and Andrew McCutchen were all named to the starting outfield. All players are deserving because all outfield starters have been playing out of their minds this season for their respective teams.

Stanton has played very well after a down season for the Marlins in 2013. The 24-year-old franchise player has hit .307/.405/.568 with an NL-leading 21 home runs and 62 RBI. He also has 21 doubles, which is nearly on pace for him to break the career high of 30 he had in 2011 and 2012. He is one of the best hitters in baseball and will be on the reserves list for the National League.

The Marlins will have only one representative on the National League team. Stanton has been the best Marlins player this season and you can only wonder what would have been possible if Jose Fernandez did not hurt his elbow in the beginning of the year. Stanton has represented the Marlins well and in his second All-Star Game, he should play very well.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.