MLB Releases All-Star Game Rosters

MLB Releases All-Star Game Rosters

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It’s almost time for the Midsummer Classic, held this year at Marlins Park. The symbolic halfway point of every MLB season, it’s an event that MLB fans await eagerly each season. Yesterday evening the list of players that will comprise each League’s team was unveiled on ESPN, as well Final Vote candidates. Here is each League’s roster (injury and Sunday pitching replacements are to be named).

American League: Terry Francona (CLE)- Manager

Starting Lineup:

  • C- Salvador Perez- Royals (fifth appearance)
  • 1B- Justin Smoak- Blue Jays (first appearance)
  • 2B- Jose Altuve- Astros (fifth appearance)
  • SS- Carlos Correa- Astros (first appearance)
  • 3B- Jose Ramirez- Indians (first appearance)
  • OF- Aaron Judge- Yankees (rookie)
  • OF- Mike Trout- Angels (sixth appearance)*
  • OF- George Springer- Astros (first appearance)
  • DH- Corey Dickerson-Rays (first appearance)

Starting Pitchers:

  • Lance McCullers- Astros (first appearance)
  • Corey Kluber- Indians (second appearance)
  • Michael Fulmer- Tigers (first appearance)
  • Yu Darvish- Rangers (fourth appearance)
  • Luis Severino- Yankees (first appearance)
  • Jason Vargas- Royals (first appearance)
  • Ervin Santana- Twins (second appearance)
  • Dallas Keuchel- Astros (second appearance)
  • Chris Sale- Red Sox (sixth appearance)

Relief Pitchers:

  • Dellin Betances- Yankees (fourth appearance)
  • Andrew Miller- Indians (second appearance)
  • Craig Kimbrel- Red Sox (sixth appearance)

Reserves:

  • C- Gary Sanchez- Yankees (first appearance)
  • 1B- Yonder Alonso- Athletics (first appearance)
  • 2B- Starlin Castro- Yankees (fourth appearance)
  • 2B- Jonathan Schoop- Orioles (first appearance)
  • SS- Francisco Lindor- Indians (second appearance)
  • 3B- Miguel Sano- Twins (first appearance)
  • OF- Avisail Garcia- White Sox (first appearance)
  • OF- Michael Brantley- Indians (second appearance)
  • OF- Mookie Betts- Red Sox (second appearance)*
  • DH-Nelson Cruz- Mariners (fifth appearance)

Final Vote Candidates:

  • Didi Gregorious- SS- Yankees
  • Elvis Andrus- SS- Rangers
  • Logan Morrison- 1B- Rays
  • Mike Moustakas- 3B- Royals
  • Xander Bogaerts- SS- Red Sox

*Trout is injured and will not play. Francona has named Betts his replacement in the starting lineup.

National League: Joe Maddon (CHC)- Manager

Starting Lineup:

  • C- Buster Posey- Giants (fifth appearance)
  • 1B- Ryan Zimmerman- Nationals (second appearance)
  • 2B- Daniel Murphy- Nationals (third appearance)
  • SS- Zack Cozart- Reds (first appearance)
  • 3B- Nolan Arenado- Rockies (third appearance)
  • OF- Bryce Harper- Nationals (fifth appearance)
  • OF- Charlie Blackmon- Rockies (second appearance)
  • OF- Marcel Ozuna- Marlins (second appearance)

Starting Pitchers:

  • Stephen Strasburg-Nationals (third appearance)
  • Carlos Martinez- Cardinals (second appearance)
  • Zack Greinke- Diamondbacks (fourth appearance)
  • Robbie Ray- Diamondbacks (first appearance)
  • Max Scherzer- Nationals (fifth appearance)
  • Clayton Kershaw- Dodgers (seventh appearance)

Relief Pitchers:

  • Pat Neshek- Phillies (second appearance)
  • Corey Knebel- Brewers (first appearance)
  • Brad Hand- Padres (first appearance)
  • Wade Davis- Cubs (third appearance)
  • Greg Holland- Rockies (third appearance)
  • Kenley Jansen- Dodgers (second appearance)

Reserves:

  • C- Yadier Molina- Cardinals (eight appearance)
  • 1B- Paul Goldschmidt- Diamondbacks (fifth appearance)
  • 1B- Joey Votto-Reds (fifth appearance)
  • 2B- DJ LaMahieu- Rockies (second appearance)
  • 2B- Josh Harrison- Pirates (second appearance)
  • SS- Corey Seager- Dodgers (second appearance)
  • 3B- Jake Lamb- Diamondbacks (first appearance)
  • OF- Cody Bellinger- Dodgers (rookie)
  • OF- Giancarlo Stanton- Marlins (fourth appearance)
  • OF- Michael Conforto- Mets (first appearance)
  • OF- Ender Inciarte- Braves (first appearance)

Final Vote Candidates:

  • Justin Bour- 1B- Marlins
  • Mark Reynolds- 1B-Rockies
  • Anthony Rendon- 3B- Nationals
  • Justin Turner-3B- Dodgers
  • Kris Bryant- 3B- Cubs

Given that Miami is host, it seems fair to expect Giancarlo Stanton to get the start as the NL’s DH.

Final Vote winners and injury replacements have yet to be determined.

It is tough to be fair to everyone and every All-Star Game roster usually includes a few snubs. The absence of players like JT Realmuto, Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Xander Bogaerts and Eric Hosmer are questionable.

The All-Star Game at Marlins Park is a week from tomorrow, Tuesday July 11. Keep up with SportsRants for all your ASG coverage and updates.