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Rays, Marlins Team Up for All Star Game Final Vote

By David Hill
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 23: Logan Morrison
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 23: Logan Morrison /
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Want to add even more of a Florida feel to the All Star Game? The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins are teaming up to get Logan Morrison and Justin Boar added to the roster in the Final Vote.

For the most part, we know what the All Star rosters will look like for the game next week. While there will be the occasional player that is added due to injury, or because a starting pitcher played on Sunday, the rosters are pretty much set. All that is left is to pick that final player.

With the Final Vote underway, the Tampa Bay Rays Logan Morrison is one of the five candidates in the American League to take that final spot. Likewise, over in the National League, the Miami Marlins have their own first baseman, Justin Boar, facing a similar challenge. As both players are in smaller markets, they face quite the uphill battle.

As such, it makes sense that the Rays and Marlins would team up to send their first basemen to the All Star Game. In doing so, both teams will use the hashtags for both players in an attempt to get them voted in. The Rays are also sweetening the offer, with several daily contests and giveaways, including autographed baseballs and a chance to meet Morrison himself.

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Morrison certainly has a case for inclusion in the exhibition. He ranks in the top five in the AL with 24 homers, a .579 slugging percentage, and a 153 OPS+. His 57 RBI and .945 OPS rank sixth in the league. One of the more pleasant surprised in the game this year, Morrison certainly appears to be All Star Worthy.

It is also interesting that the Marlins are a part of the campaign to get him elected. After all, Morrison did spend his first four seasons in Miami, posting a .249/.337/.427 batting line with 42 homers and 73 doubles. After two injury plagued seasons, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners after the 2013 campaign, with Carter Capps heading to Miami. Now, Morrison has become the player they hoped, albeit across the state.

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins are both hopeful of getting their first basemen into the All Star Game. By working together, they may be able to do just that.

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