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

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJune 30, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, right, after they talked with jockey Victor Espinoza, center, before Espinoza threw out the first pitch for an exhibition baseball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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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
PlayerTeamVotes
Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers3,323,380
Jose AbreuChicago White Sox1,801,592
Chris DavisBaltimore Orioles1,292,412
Albert PujolsLos Angeles Angels1,190,751
Mark TeixeiraNew York Yankees877,468
Second Base
PlayerTeamVotes
Robinson CanoSeattle Mariners2,474,924
Ian KinslerDetroit Tigers1,603,185
Dustin PedroiaBoston Red Sox1,477,800
Jose AltuveHouston Astros1,312,805
Brian DozierMinnesota Twins994,447
Shortstop
PlayerTeamVotes
Derek JeterNew York Yankees2,924,686
Alexei RamirezChicago White Sox2,325,527
J.J. HardyBaltimore Orioles1,534,547
Jose ReyesToronto Blue Jays1,008,063
Jed LowrieOakland Athletics732,766
Third Base
PlayerTeamVotes
Josh DonaldsonOakland Athletics2,943,332
Adrian BeltreTexas Rangers1,730,748
Evan LongoriaTampa Bay Rays1,457,752
Manny MachadoBaltimore Orioles1,409,804
Brett LawrieToronto Blue Jays865,684
Catcher
PlayerTeamVotes
Matt WietersBaltimore Orioles2,103,385
Derek NorrisOakland Athletics1,924,049
Brian McCannNew York Yankees1,624,214
Kurt SuzukiMinnesota Twins1,025,717
A.J. PierzynskiBoston Red Sox925,996
Designated Hitter
PlayerTeamVotes
Nelson CruzBaltimore Orioles2,944,267
David OrtizBoston Red Sox1,948,211
Victor MartinezDetroit Tigers1,822,927
Edwin EncarnacionToronto Blue Jays1,590,498
Brandon MossOakland Athletics949,009
Outfield
PlayerTeamVotes
Jose BautistaToronto Blue Jays4,460,245
Mike TroutLos Angeles Angels4,085,647
Yoenis CespedesOakland Athletics1,941,553
Melky CabreraToronto Blue Jays1,929,506
Adam JonesBaltimore Orioles1,853,268
Michael BrantleyCleveland Indians1,630,452
Jacoby EllsburyNew York Yankees1,501,306
Nick MarkakisBaltimore Orioles1,382,329
Carlos BeltranNew York Yankees1,292,920
Torii HunterDetroit Tigers1,167,642
MLB.com (updated 6/30)
Current Leaders in National League
First Base
PlayerTeamVotes
Paul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks2,582,955
Mark ReynoldsMilwaukee Brewers1,430,395
Adrian GonzalezLos Angeles Dodgers1,418,148
Freddie FreemanAtlanta Braves1,342,703
Matt AdamsSt. Louis Cardinals1,323,087
Second Base
PlayerTeamVotes
Chase UtleyPhiladelphia Phillies2,436,143
Neil WalkerPittsburgh Pirates1,556,511
Dee GordonLos Angeles Dodgers1,374,523
Rickie WeeksMilwaukee Brewers1,127,907
Brandon PhillipsCincinnati Reds1,046,607
Shortstop
PlayerTeamVotes
Troy TulowitzkiColorado Rockies3,997,477
Jean SeguraMilwaukee Brewers1,729,054
Brandon CrawfordSan Francisco Giants1,263,689
Jhonny PeraltaSt. Louis Cardinals1,072,023
Hanley RamirezLos Angeles Dodgers974,464
Third Base
PlayerTeamVotes
Aramis RamirezMilwaukee Brewers1,790,777
David WrightNew York Mets1,555,717
Pablo SandovalSan Francisco Giants1,406,026
Matt CarpenterSt. Louis Cardinals1,323,021
Todd FrazierCincinnati Reds1,224,931
Catcher
PlayerTeamVotes
Yadier MolinaSt. Louis Cardinals3,100,939
Jonathan LucroyMilwaukee Brewers2,636,640
Buster PoseySan Francisco Giants1,985,621
Evan GattisAtlanta Braves1,364,524
Devin MesoracoCincinnati Reds907,593
Outfield
PlayerTeamVotes
Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates3,173,810
Carlos GomezMilwaukee Brewers3,169,748
Yasiel PuigLos Angeles Dodgers3,001,907
Giancarlo StantonMiami Marlins2,681,019
Ryan BraunMilwaukee Brewers2,509,770
Charlie BlackmonColorado Rockies1,859,729
Khris DavisMilwaukee Brewers1,457,407
Michael MorseSan Francisco Giants1,444,436
Angel PaganSan Francisco Giants1,442,188
Justin UptonAtlanta Braves1,404,724
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

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 28: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a single in the top of the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on June 28, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

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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