The Marlins are upset Adeiny Hechavarria didn’t get to replace Dee Gordon on the NL All-Star team

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Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon suffered an unfortunate injury on Saturday against the Reds, dislocating his thumb sliding head-first into first base. He’s headed to the disabled list and won’t participate in the upcoming All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. As a result, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was announced as Gordon’s replacement.

That didn’t sit well with Marlins president David Samson nor manager Dan Jennings, who felt that shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria should’ve been given the nod, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

“Fans should have an opportunity to see an active player from every team, and that’s wrong,” said Marlins president David Samson.

While Hechavarria has played terrific defense at shortstop — which would have the argument for the best in the league if not for Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons — he hasn’t been an All-Star at the plate. He came into Saturday’s action hitting .283/.321/.384 with four home runs and 33 RBI. Tulowitzki may not be the defender he once was, but he’s easily out-hit Hechavarria with his .318/.355/.479 batting line along with nine home runs and 46 RBI.

That being said, Samson does have a point. With Giancarlo Stanton and Gordon both on the disabled list, the Marlins won’t have a representative at the All-Star Game, and that’s unfortunate for Marlins fans. [Insert joke that de-pluralizes the word “fans”.]

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.