2013 All-Star Roster: Players Who Will Shine Bright at Citi Field

Justin Onslow@@JustinOnslowNFLContributor IIJuly 7, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 23: Starting pitcher Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 23, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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The American League has dominated the MLB All-Star game for the better part of two decades, but the National League surged back to notch a victory in each of the last three Midsummer Classics.

This year, the National League will have the advantage of playing at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. With World Series home-field advantage on the line, the All-Star Game won’t be just another exhibition game.

But while the All-Star Game has taken on new significance since being chosen to decide home-field advantage, it’s still an opportunity for some of the game’s biggest stars to shine a little brighter. It may not be the most competitive contest, but it’s certainly more intriguing than the NFL Pro Bowl and the NBA All-Star Game.

The Midsummer Classic boasts some terrific moments in its 83-game history, and there’s a good chance we’ll be able to add to that list this year. From heralded veterans like Mariano Rivera and David Ortiz to budding superstars like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, this year’s edition features some serious talent capable of doing some special things on the national stage.

Let’s take a look at each team’s roster and highlight some players who are sure to shine in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.


National League Roster

Starters Position Team
Yadier Molina C St. Louis Cardinals
Joey Votto 1B Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips 2B Cincinnati Reds
Troy Tulowitzki SS Colorado Rockies
David Wright 3B New York Mets
Carlos Beltran OF St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Gonzalez OF Colorado Rockies
Bryce Harper OF Washington Nationals
Madison Bumgarner LHP San Francisco Giants
Aroldis Chapman LHP Cincinnati Reds
Patrick Corbin LHP Arizona Diamondbacks
Jose Fernandez RHP Miami Marlins
Jason Grilli RHP Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Harvey RHP New York Mets
Clayton Kershaw LHP Los Angeles Dodgers
Craig Kimbrel RHP Atlanta Braves
Cliff Lee LHP Philadelphia Phillies
Jeff Locke LHP Pittsburgh Pirates
Adam Wainwright RHP St. Louis Cardinals
Travis Wood LHP Chicago Cubs
Jordan Zimmermann RHP Washington Nationals
Buster Posey C San Francisco Giants
Paul Goldschmidt 1B Arizona Diamondbacks
Allen Craig 1B St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter 2B St. Louis Cardinals
Marco Scutaro 2B San Francisco Giants
Everth Cabrera SS San Diego Padres
Jean Segura SS Milwaukee Brewers
Pedro Alvarez 3B Pittsburgh Pirates
Domonic Brown OF Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Cuddyer OF Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gomez OF Milwaukee Brewers
Andrew McCutchen OF Pittsburgh Pirates

American League Roster

Player Position Team
Joe Mauer C Minnesota Twins
Chris Davis 1B Baltimore Orioles
Robinson Cano 2B New York Yankees
J.J. Hardy SS Baltimore Orioles
Miguel Cabrera 3B Detroit Tigers
Mike Trout OF Los Angeles Angels
Adam Jones OF Baltimore Orioles
Jose Bautista OF Toronto Blue Jays
David Ortiz DH Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz RHP Boston Red Sox
Brett Cecil LHP Toronto Blue Jays
Bartolo Colon RHP Oakland Athletics
Jesse Crain RHP Chicago White Sox
Yu Darvish RHP Texas Rangers
Felix Hernandez RHP Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma RHP Seattle Mariners
Justin Masterson RHP Clevelans Indians
Joe Nathan RHP Texas Rangers
Glen Perkins LHP Minnesota Twins
Mariano Rivera RHP New York Yankees
Chris Sale LHP Chicago White Sox
Max Scherzer RHP Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander RHP Detroit Tigers
Jason Castro C Houston Astros
Salvador Perez C Kansas City Royals
Prince Fielder 1B Detroit Tigers
Jason Kipnis 2B Cleveland Indians
Dustin Pedroia 2B Boston Red Sox
Ben Zobrist 2B Tampa Bay Rays
Jhonny Peralta SS Detroit Tigers
Manny Machado 3B Baltimore Orioles
Nelson Cruz OF Texas Rangers
Alex Gordon OF Kansas City Royals
Torii Hunter OF Detroit Tigers
Edwin Encarnacion DH Toronto Blue Jays


Mike Trout

Mike Trout makes his second consecutive appearance in the All-Star game, the first of which came in the same year he earned the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Trout doesn’t need an introduction, though. After hitting .326 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI last season, the 21-year-old phenom is on pace to come close to those same numbers this year, currently hitting .309 with 14 homers and 56 RBI—to say nothing of the tremendous work he does with the leather.

But what makes Trout so special is his poise. Everything the center fielder does looks effortless.

Trout has capitalized on every opportunity to shine in his formative MLB years, and there’s plenty of reasons to believe he’ll continue that momentum with a terrific showing in the All-Star Game.


Miguel Cabrera

There isn’t a better right-handed bat in all of baseball than Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera—not that there’s any question of that at this point.

The 2012 Triple Crown winner is on an absolutely torrid pace this season, batting .360 with 27 home runs and 88 RBI through 85 games. No one has been able to slow him this year, and National League pitching is going to have its work cut out in the All-Star Game.

Every player in the Midsummer Classic will be there for good reason, but none are more deserving than Cabrera. The NL squad better have a few extra arms in the bullpen—just in case.


Paul Goldschmidt

Looking at the rosters on paper, it’s hard to imagine the National League pulling off a fourth straight victory in this year’s All-Star game.

But talent isn’t all about stats and figures. And it’s not as if the National League doesn’t have a few budding stars of its own.

Paul Goldschmidt put together a solid campaign in 2012, but he’s been absolutely terrific in 2013. In 86 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the first baseman is hitting .305 with 21 homers and a National League-leading 73 RBI.

Never considered an elite prospect, Goldschmidt has come to life in the last two seasons, out to prove he’s more than capable of making a major impact at the big league level. As well as he’s done that this season, don’t expect him to come up short in the All-Star game.


Matt Harvey

Starting pitchers haven’t been announced yet, but no one would be surprised if hometown favorite Matt Harvey toes the rubber to start the contest.

The “Dark Knight of Gotham,” as Sports Illustrated so aptly dubbed him, has been one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season for the New York Mets, who, at 36-48, are currently 12.5 games out of the playoff picture right now.

But even with limited run support (New York is 20th in the league in runs scored), the 24-year-old righty has recorded seven wins this season and posted a remarkable 2.27 ERA and 0.91 WHIP to go along with 141 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched.

If Harvey does get the start, he’ll be faced with a tall task in shutting down a loaded American League lineup. But if his first-half performance is any indication, the American League should be concerned.


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