Floyd had protested omission from '01 roster

NEW YORK -- Cliff Floyd knows the feeling of being left off the All-Star team despite a big season.

He protested the last time and was added as a late replacement in 2001. Passed over again on Sunday, the New York Mets' left fielder accepted the snub without complaint.

"I will take a first-half start like this for the next five years," Floyd said. "Players with better stats than mine have been left off the All-Star team."

Floyd had a 20-game hitting streak in April and is batting .288 with 21 home runs and 53 RBI. He sat out Sunday against Florida, described by manager Willie Randolph as "a little banged up" after several tumbling catches and frequent collisions with the left field wall.

Floyd has been the cornerstone of the Mets with long home runs and acrobatic defensive plays, often trotting off the Shea Stadium field with fans chanting "MVP! MVP!"

"I've been fortunate enough to have had the first half that I've had," Floyd said. "I've been healthy and the fans have seen what I can do."

In 2001, Floyd was batting .342 with 21 homers and 70 RBI for the Marlins at the All-Star break. But he was beaten out in fan balloting and was outraged when then-Mets manager Bobby Valentine left him off the NL roster.

Floyd was later selected as a replacement for injured pitcher Rick Reed and went 0-for-2 at Safeco Field in Seattle. Floyd batted .317 for the season but was traded the next year, first to Montreal and then to Boston. That winter, he signed as a free agent with the Mets.

Injuries cut short his first two seasons in New York and he was prominently mentioned in trade talks last winter. But in the end, he stayed with the Mets and has been the team's best everyday player all year -- All-Star or not.

Among the other notable All-Star omissions were Houston third baseman Morgan Ensberg, St. Louis pitcher Matt Morris, Boston pitcher Matt Clement, Seattle closer Eddie Guardado, Philadelphia outfielder Pat Burrell and Florida first baseman Carlos Delgado.