MLB All-Star Selection Show 2014: Date, Time, Schedule, Vote Leaders and More

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MLB All-Star Selection Show 2014: Date, Time, Schedule, Vote Leaders and More
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Just over two weeks remain before the 2014 MLB All-Star Game officially gets underway, but the rosters aren't quite finalized. On Sunday night, the rosters will be announced with the best players from this season to take their rightful spot on their respective roster.   

Many of the league's most popular players will battle it out for home-field advantage in the World Series. There will also be quite a few surprises on each roster, with players like Josh Donaldson and Jose Abreu getting the respect they rightfully deserve from voters.

The voting process ends on July 3 at 11:59 p.m. ET, so ballots must be filled out and turned in before then to make a difference on the rosters. As for the two managers, last year's World Series managers in Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals and John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox will lead the National League and American League, respectively.

With home-field advantage in the World Series on the line, here's a look at the full information for the All-Star Selection Show, current vote leaders and storylines to watch heading into the event. The full release for the show can be found on MLB.com.

 

2014 All-Star Selection Show Information

What: 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show

When: Sunday, July 6, at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Current Leaders in American League
First Base
Player Team Votes
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 3,323,380
Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox 1,801,592
Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles 1,292,412
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels 1,190,751
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees 877,468
Second Base
Player Team Votes
Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners 2,474,924
Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers 1,603,185
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 1,477,800
Jose Altuve Houston Astros 1,312,805
Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins 994,447
Shortstop
Player Team Votes
Derek Jeter New York Yankees 2,924,686
Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox 2,325,527
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles 1,534,547
Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays 1,008,063
Jed Lowrie Oakland Athletics 732,766
Third Base
Player Team Votes
Josh Donaldson Oakland Athletics 2,943,332
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers 1,730,748
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays 1,457,752
Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles 1,409,804
Brett Lawrie Toronto Blue Jays 865,684
Catcher
Player Team Votes
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles 2,103,385
Derek Norris Oakland Athletics 1,924,049
Brian McCann New York Yankees 1,624,214
Kurt Suzuki Minnesota Twins 1,025,717
A.J. Pierzynski Boston Red Sox 925,996
Designated Hitter
Player Team Votes
Nelson Cruz Baltimore Orioles 2,944,267
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox 1,948,211
Victor Martinez Detroit Tigers 1,822,927
Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays 1,590,498
Brandon Moss Oakland Athletics 949,009
Outfield
Player Team Votes
Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays 4,460,245
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels 4,085,647
Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics 1,941,553
Melky Cabrera Toronto Blue Jays 1,929,506
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles 1,853,268
Michael Brantley Cleveland Indians 1,630,452
Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees 1,501,306
Nick Markakis Baltimore Orioles 1,382,329
Carlos Beltran New York Yankees 1,292,920
Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers 1,167,642

MLB.com (updated 6/30)

Current Leaders in National League
First Base
Player Team Votes
Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks 2,582,955
Mark Reynolds Milwaukee Brewers 1,430,395
Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers 1,418,148
Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves 1,342,703
Matt Adams St. Louis Cardinals 1,323,087
Second Base
Player Team Votes
Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies 2,436,143
Neil Walker Pittsburgh Pirates 1,556,511
Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers 1,374,523
Rickie Weeks Milwaukee Brewers 1,127,907
Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds 1,046,607
Shortstop
Player Team Votes
Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies 3,997,477
Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers 1,729,054
Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants 1,263,689
Jhonny Peralta St. Louis Cardinals 1,072,023
Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers 974,464
Third Base
Player Team Votes
Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers 1,790,777
David Wright New York Mets 1,555,717
Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants 1,406,026
Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals 1,323,021
Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds 1,224,931
Catcher
Player Team Votes
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals 3,100,939
Jonathan Lucroy Milwaukee Brewers 2,636,640
Buster Posey San Francisco Giants 1,985,621
Evan Gattis Atlanta Braves 1,364,524
Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds 907,593
Outfield
Player Team Votes
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates 3,173,810
Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers 3,169,748
Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers 3,001,907
Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins 2,681,019
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 2,509,770
Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies 1,859,729
Khris Davis Milwaukee Brewers 1,457,407
Michael Morse San Francisco Giants 1,444,436
Angel Pagan San Francisco Giants 1,442,188
Justin Upton Atlanta Braves 1,404,724

MLB.com (updated 7/1)

 

Storylines to Watch

Will Derek Jeter Start in Final All-Star Game?

In his 20th year with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter will finally hang up the spikes following this season. As with every elder statesman looking to retire, the All-Star Game will be a special night for the Yankees captain.

Moments like Alex Rodriguez trading positions with Cal Ripken in his final appearance and Chipper Jones getting a hit in his last at-bat resonate with fans. Then there was last season, when goosebumps were sent throughout the country as Mariano Rivera trotted out for the eighth inning at Citi Field.

For Jeter, the 40-year-old shortstop is set for his final appearance in the All-Star Game, but the big question remains—will he start? Though the numbers aren't quite there, Paul Freelend of The National writes that he's still deserving of the honor:

To be sure, Jeter is not the best shortstop in the American League this season. He turned 40 on Thursday and, as one might expect, his production is well off that of his peak years. [...]

With the Yankees’ chances of making the postseason looking shaky, MLB and its fans would do well to take this opportunity and salute Jeter while they still have the chance. We will not soon see his like again.

No, the numbers aren't there. Jeter has hit just .275 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 70 games this season, but the 13-time All-Star is more than deserving of going out with a bang at Target Field.

Given his history of coming up huge in big games, Jeter will find a way to make an impact during his final performance on the grand stage.

 

Deserving Players Who Might Not Start

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The question comes up every year: How much bearing should the fan vote weigh on the All-Star Game? It's not a pressing inquiry thanks to the fact that the fans normally get it right, but some of the top players miss out on their opportunity each year due to the star power of others.

A few abnormalities still exist like Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the NL with 21 home runs and 60 RBI, being fourth in the outfield race. Then there's Matt Wieters still leading the AL catcher position—despite undergoing Tommy John surgery—ahead of players like Derek Norris and Brian McCann.

The biggest question on the AL side is who will start at second base. Names like Robinson Cano and Ian Kinsler are at the top of the list, but a player standing at 5'5", 170 pounds is leading all of baseball with 116 hits and the AL with a .347 average and 36 stolen bases.

That man is Jose Altuve, who has helped turn around the Houston Astros this season. MLB Stat of the Day provides some history on just how stellar Altuve has been this season:

He also hasn't slowed down any during the month of June, as the MLB's official account notes his ridiculous clip for the month:

Along with Altuve, another deserving player who is narrowly missing out on a starting spot it Jonathan Lucroy. The Milwaukee Brewers catcher currently sits second in the NL in hits (100) and leads all catchers by a considerable margin.

The current leader in voting is Yadier Molina, who is behind Lucroy in homers, RBI, average and on-base percentage, but has the backing of Cardinals fans. Lucroy spoke about the potential of earning an All-Star nod after his terrific start, per James Carlton of Fox Sports:

I'm more worried about this, what's going on right here (in the clubhouse), and not worrying about that -- that's going to be totally separate. This right here is what's more important because this is what's going to propel us to the playoffs.

So I'm just trying to go out there, try my best and if (being voted an All-Star) happens, it happens.

Though diehard baseball fans might know about the phenomenal season Altuve and Lucroy are putting together, the names like Cano, Kinsler and Molina are slightly more recognizable to the casual voter. Whether they start or not, expect to see both great hitters on the roster for their respective teams.

 

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