Marlins' star power shows on All-Star ballot

Marlins' star power shows on All-Star ballot

MIAMI -- As part of the appeal of moving into their new ballpark, the Marlins' front office made a strong commitment to assemble a star-filled roster.

They succeeded with the offseason signings of All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell.

The Marlins' everyday lineup features five players who have been All-Stars. And the team has two young outfielders -- Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison -- who are regarded as future stars.

Even though it's still early in the season, it's time to start considering who is All-Star worthy.

The All-Star ballot for the Midsummer Classic, which will be on July 10 at Kansas City, was released on Friday.

Representing the Marlins on the ballot are catcher John Buck, first baseman Gaby Sanchez, second baseman Omar Infante, shortstop Reyes, third baseman Hanley Ramirez and outfielders Emilio Bonifacio, Stanton and Morrison.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

A year ago, Sanchez was the lone Marlins player selected to the All-Star Game.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.