I know many people out there feel the All-Star game is simply a gimmick. Fortunately for you, I am not one of those people. I think it is fun to have a game of baseball where the best of each league square off head-to-head. Obviously, it doesn’t quite carry the gravity of a September game in a tight divisional race, but it is fun. In my mind, baseball is supposed to be fun.
Voting is almost over, and the lineups are all but certain. As I am writing this article on July 1, here are the latest vote tallies from both leagues. For the National League, updated tallies have not been posted since June 23, but there were new American League results posted just today by John Schlegel of MLB.com.
While most of the results seem to be pretty certain, you never can be sure until the final vote is tallied. As a result, here are my predictions for each of the starting positions on both rosters and how the lineups will ultimately look.