Teammates lobby for Final Votes for LoMo

July 4th, 2017

CHICAGO -- Speaking in the visitor's clubhouse in Wrigley Field before Tuesday's series opener against the Cubs, several Rays made it clear that would be a deserving first-time selection for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, should he be voted in. And while Morrison didn't want to make his own case regarding the Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote, his teammates had no problem lobbying for him.
"It's a simple question. His numbers speak for themselves. That's what the All-Star Game should be about," third baseman said of Morrison. "It shouldn't be about a popularity contest. You're an All-Star based on your numbers and he's second or third in the league in home runs. If not in the All-Star Game, than he definitely should be in the Home Run Derby."
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That omission has struck a nerve with Morrison.
"Gary shouldn't be there," Morrison said of Yankees catcher . "Gary's a great player, but he shouldn't be in the Home Run Derby. And I'm not disappointed. I mean it's par for the course. I play for the Rays. I get it. … Nobody asked me, but if they would've asked me, I would've done it."
Sanchez burst onto the scene last September, hitting 20 home runs in 201 at bats after a late-season callup. He has added another 13 homers in 194 at bats this season, having missed nearly a month of action in April and early May. He leads MLB in average distance per homer (427 feet), which no doubt has garnered attention, too.
But there is no disputing that Morrison is having a career year. He entered the series against the Cubs slugging a career-high .579 with 24 homers in 80 games. That mark was tied for second in the Majors and had already surpassed Morrison's previous season-high for home runs (23).
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Longoria wasn't the only one aware of Morrison's feats. About 20 feet down from Morrison's locker, Steven Souza Jr. rattled off a number of statistics to emphasize his point about the outfielder. "He's second in all Major Leauge in homers, top 5, top 10 in the AL in OPS. He's No. 3 in slugging, top 10 in RBIs," Souza said. "All the numbers are there, and he's a very feared hitter right now. And that's what the All-Star Game is about."

Still, it'll be an uphill climb for Morrison to get in. The most recent voting results showed him in fifth in the fan vote, with Kansas City's Mike Moustakas leading the way in the American League with 4.4 million votes.
It's a long road, but not impossible for Morrison to get in. In fact, Rays manager Kevin Cash alluded to a similar situation to highlight what fans can do, praising how they were able to vote Corey Dickerson into the starting lineup for the game at DH.
"It says and shows a lot about our fans that recognize that," Cash said. "So now we need those fans to help with LoMo, because we also feel that he's very deserving.
"If you've watched us play over the last three months, Logan Morrison has played like an All-Star."
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