With the 2013 MLB All-Star Game right around the corner, I wasn't at all surprised to see multiple pieces of All-Star content on my "to-do" list for the week.
When I saw the numbers "2015" in the title for this piece, I asked the man in charge of B/R's MLB content whether it was a typo or not. Surely, he couldn't be serious.
Turns out that he was—and no, his name isn't Shirley (it's Stephen for those wondering).
So, more than two years before the 86th MLB All-Star Game gets underway at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, and with no restrictions on how I put the rosters together (other than that every team must be represented), I donned my prognostication cap and got to work.
These teams include many of the stars you'll see take the field on Tuesday, July 18 at Citi Field—but not all of them.
I've not predicted player movement between teams—if a player is set to hit free agency in the next two seasons and appears on either the American League or National League roster, it's under the assumption that he will re-sign with his current club.
I also did not attempt to include the 34th and final member of each league's squad, elected each season by the fans via the Final Vote—though in retrospect, perhaps I should have.
That said, you will find at least one player making the 2015 All-Star team at a different position than the one that he currently plays, pushed aside by one of the top prospects in the game. If you're looking to see some of those top prospects in future All-Star Games, I can assure you that you won't be disappointed.
Enough talk—let's see what these rosters look like, shall we?