The Marlins are offering 2 free tickets to a future game for all fans who fill out 200 All-Star ballots and vote for all eight Marlins that are listed.
Come on Florida, that's weak. Either your players make the starting lineup the proper way or they don't. This stuffing the ballot box scheme makes the organization look small.
I wonder who came up with this idea. I'm guessing it wasn't Mike Hill, the Marlins General Manager.
I saw Hill recently at Coors Field when the Marlins came to town. We exchanged pleasantries and talked about the "old days".
It was 1994 and I was in my first year announcing minor league baseball and Hill was in his second year of pro ball in the Texas Rangers organization. I was familiar with Hill prior to meeting him because he was a standout baseball and football player at Harvard and he hooked up against Army in those sports.
Hill's manager in 1994, Doug Sisson, told me, "Watch, one day Mike Hill is going to be the commissioner of baseball."
I wouldn't doubt it. Anyway, Hill is a sharp guy and one of the brightest young minds in the game. I don't think he would sign off on stuffing the All-Star ballot box.
By the way, Mike Hill and I have something in common. We both went to Harvard. He went there to get an education. I went there for a couple of hockey and basketball games.