Mets have three All-Stars

In final All-Star voting released early Sunday, the Mets learned that they'll be represented by three players in the July 12 All-Star Game at Detroit's Comerica Park; catcher Mike Piazza, outfielder Carlos Beltran and pitcher Pedro Martinez.

Piazza (12th selection) and Beltran (second selection) were voted in on the fan balloting, while Martinez (seventh selection) was selected by the player voting and by St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa.

Carlos Beltran Piazza was flattered and a little surprised by the selection, especially in the midst of what he considered a disappointing season. Beltran accepted the nomination with grace.

"This is my second year," Beltran said. "I hope it's not my last."

Martinez – who pitches Sunday in Pittsburgh before the All-Star Game, which is held two days later – said he wasn't sure if he'd make the trip.

"I'll have to get together with my coaches and see what's more convenient for the team and organization for the future," Martinez said.

Missing the cut was another deserving Met, outfielder Cliff Floyd, who finished his season's first half hitting .288 with 21 home runs and 53 RBI in 73 games. After dabbling around eighth and ninth among NL outfielders, Floyd finally finished 13th in the balloting, a number he considered "low."

"If it came down to a choice," Floyd said, "between going to the All-Star Game and having the first half I've had -- it's a first half that should have gotten me to go -- I'll take the good first half. Every year."

It is the first time the Mets have had three All-Stars since 2000, when Mike Piazza, Al Leiter and Edgardo Alfonzo represented the team.


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