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Well today willis has a chance to impress his Peers and the All star voting!


Willis an All-Star if peers say so


By Mike Berardino

Staff writer

Posted June 26 2003


NEW YORK ? Marlins rookie sensation Dontrelle Willis isn't just making his Big Apple debut tonight. He's getting his last chance to impress his peers in All-Star balloting.


Under the new rules for this year's game, National League manager Dusty Baker will choose just four members of a 12-man pitching staff. Voting by the league's managers, coaches and players will take care of the first eight spots as well as the majority of the positional reserves.


Ballots from field personnel are due Friday. With a 7-1 record and 2.38 ERA through his first nine big-league starts, including a one-hitter June 16 against the New York Mets, Willis has a shot at sneaking onto the All-Star team.


Hideo Nomo was 6-1 with a 1.99 ERA when he made the team as a rookie in 1995.


"If I'm worthy of it, it will happen," Willis said before Wednesday's game at Shea Stadium. "There's a bunch of guys having great years who are very deserving of having that honor. Just to even be mentioned in something like that is phenomenal."


Should the effervescent lefty make it to Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field on July 15, Willis said he would be shocked.


Willis, 21, will make one more start after tonight before All-Star selections are announced on July 6. Before the rotation was juggled to make room for the returning Josh Beckett, Willis was in line to make a third start in this span, on July 6.


However, even that last chance to impress Baker would have been of negligible value. For logistical reasons, as well as the needs of ESPN -- which for the second year in a row will broadcast the selection show that evening -- most players will be informed of their selection early that afternoon.


Asked if Willis could have helped his case with another strong showing on July 6, Major League Baseball official Katy Feeney smiled and said, "It would have had to be a quick game."


Instead, Willis will make his final pre-selection start July 2 against Atlanta.



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