Each year since 1933, the game’s best have squared off in an exhibition-style matchup. Major League Baseball likes to call it the All-Star Game.
There have been hundreds of All-Stars throughout the history of the Midsummer Classic, including many who are now enshrined in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame—and some who will be in the coming years. It makes you wonder what an all-time All-Star Game roster would look like for each league.
See where I’m going with this?
Over the last few days, I looked at numbers and made decisions on players who should and shouldn’t make a 34-man roster for the American League and National League teams. There were plenty of tough cuts, but they were ones that had to be made. There were also a few complications.
Primarily, there were many players who spent time in both leagues throughout their careers. Some may have played 10 in the AL and 10 in the NL. In order to make either of the teams’ rosters, a player had to play at least 60 percent of games in one league or the other. This led to even more tough cuts.
A few notable names you won’t find on either team in the coming slides due to the aforementioned “60 percent policy” include Cy Young, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Pedro Martinez, among others. It stinks that these players aren’t represented, but that doesn’t take away from their successes.
Another thing to consider is that these players took the field in several different eras. I did not take into consideration players who have tested positive for banned substances or have been rumored to be performance-enhancing drug users. That wouldn’t be fair since we didn’t always have the technology we have right now.
A player did not have to play in an All-Star Game to make this team. There were many great players who never got to play in a Midsummer Classic because it wasn't invented yet. That shouldn't be held against them, and it won't be here.
So, who made the cut? Ahead lies the answer. These are the all-time All-Star Game rosters for the American League and National League.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.