Stanton needs ASG voting push; ballots close Thursday

Marlins outfielder fourth in race for top three National League outfield spots

Stanton needs ASG voting push; ballots close Thursday

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton already is booked into the Home Run Derby, but the Marlins' slugger needs a late surge to become a starting outfielder for the National League in the All-Star Game.

The updated National League voting tallies were released on Tuesday, and Stanton remains fourth in the race for the top three starting spots.

With 2,681,019 votes, Stanton trails Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers for the third spot. Puig has 3,001,907 votes.

Stanton needs to make up a 320,888 deficit to become a starter. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (3,173,810) and Carlos Gomez of the Brewers (3,169,748) are the top two outfield vote getters.

"We've got to keep going," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "We've got to get some more votes. I told my kids to step it up. I think they took a day off from voting."

Stanton paced the National League in home runs (21) and RBIs (60) entering Tuesday, and the slugger is having an MVP-caliber season. He entered the series opener against the Phillies batting .313.

"I think he needs to start, hands down," Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich said.

Redmond hasn't seen many players in the league better than Stanton this year.

"This guy is having an unbelievable year," Redmond said. "I'm so happy for him. I talk about him all time, about how much he means to our team. We need to get him in that starting lineup. He deserves that."

Stanton already is committed to the All-Star festivities, accepting an invitation from NL Derby captain Troy Tulowitzki to be in the Gillette Home Run Derby.

"It's going to be fun to watch him in that Home Run Derby," Redmond said. "Hopefully he goes out there and puts on a show, and those guys get to see what we get to see every day. It's pretty special."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.

Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

Fans this year once again can participate in the 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 Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby 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 14.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit

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.