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”.]