Selection for the MLB All-Star Game is always a somewhat contentious affair, and this year was no different.
Since the starters are completely left up to the fans, there are always some picks that raise a few eyebrows. For the most part, though, the fans did a pretty good job.
Here are the starters for both teams, per MLB Public Relations.
AL #ASG starters: Mauer C, Davis 1B, Cano 2B, Hardy SS, Cabrera 3B, Jones Trout Bautista OF, Ortiz DH.— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) July 6, 2013
MLB also announced the reserves and pitchers for each team.
AL reserves: Castro, Cruz, Encarnacion, Fielder, Gordon, Hunter, Kipnis, Machado, Pedroia, Peralta, Perez, Zobrist. #ASG— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2013
AL pitchers: Buchholz, Cecil, Colon, Crain, Darvish, Hernandez, Iwakuma, Masterson, Perkins, Nathan, Rivera, Sale, Scherzer, Verlander. #ASG— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2013
NL reserves: Alvarez, Brown, Cabrera, Carpenter, Craig, Cuddyer, Goldschmidt, Gomez, McCutchen, Posey, Segura, Scutaro. #ASG— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2013
NL pitchers: Bumgarner, Chapman, Corbin, Fernandez, Grilli, Harvey, Kershaw, Kimbrel, Lee, Locke, Wainwright, Wood, Zimmermann. #ASG— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2013
Here's a quick roundup of what some experts had to say about some of the biggest snubs and surprises.
MLB's PR account announced that Chris Davis was the biggest vote-getter, which will likely be a bit of a surprise to some.
Although some might take umbrage with Bryce Harper starting, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark thought it was the correct decision.
Have to say the fans did an excellent job picking the starters. Harper may not have "deserved" to start but I can't wait to watch him.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 6, 2013
According to Dan Kolko of MASN, Harper is the fourth-youngest All-Star starter ever and the youngest National League starter.
Harper is the 4th youngest player to ever start an All-Star Game behind Jerry Walker, Al Kaline & Ken Griffey Jr. Youngest NL starter ever.— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) July 6, 2013
The New York Times' Tyler Kepner covered what he believed to be the biggest snubs of the selection process.
All-Star snubs, in my opinion: Bruce, Crisp, Donaldson, Longoria, Balfour, Shields, Ellsbury, Strasburg, Mujica, Bruce, Puig, Choo.— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) July 6, 2013
Stark was surprised that, despite being second in the AL West, the Oakland Athletics didn't have a position player named to the team.
No Oakland position players. Don't get that. Donaldson, Crisp & Lowrie all deserving.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 6, 2013
Grant Balfour was also one of the players who had a strong argument to be on the team. According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, he's completely dumbfounded.
Grant Balfour on All-Star snub: “I guess I wasn’t good enough to make it. I don’t know what to tell you." #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 6, 2013
The San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea thought it was odd the San Francisco Giants got more All-Stars than the A's.
Although Edward Mujica was left off, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold thinks another St. Louis Cardinals pitcher could still make Mujica an All-Star.
Stark also had a problem with how the players in the Final Vote were decided.
5 relievers on AL Final Vote ballot. 5 position players on NL Final Vote ballot. Anyone else confused?— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 6, 2013
CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler tried to explain how the American League's Final Vote candidates were selected.
Leyland wanted to go with all setup men for Final Vote in 2007, couldn't do it. Basically did it this time.— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 6, 2013
Quite a bit of the discussion about the All-Star Game centered on whether or not Yasiel Puig would be chosen as a starter, or at least a reserve. He was neither and instead will contend for a spot in the Final Vote.
According to MLB Public Relations, Puig had the most write-in votes since 2006.
Puig had 842,915 write-in votes, most since #Pirates Freddy Sanchez totaled 856,685 in 2006.— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) July 6, 2013
MLB.com's Jordan Bastian said he talked to some players, and the majority felt Puig doesn't deserve an All-Star spot.
Have talked to many players in past week and overwhelming sense was Puig shouldn't be an All-Star. He isn't yet. L.A. rookie in Final Vote.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 6, 2013
Knobler understood why Puig has been left off the roster to this point.
Can't complain with Bochy putting Puig on Final Vote ballot. Should be in the game, but up to the fans to decide.— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 6, 2013
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman does not envy those up against Puig in the Final Vote.
Wouldnt want to be up against Yasiel Puig in "final vote" as freeman desmond pence and a-gon are. Good luck. #puigmania— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 6, 2013
You can catch the 2013 All-Star Game on July 16 at 8 p.m. ET.