2014 MLB All-Star Roster: Start Time, TV Schedule and Predictions for Selections

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2014 MLB All-Star Roster: Start Time, TV Schedule and Predictions for Selections
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With more than half of the MLB season in the books, the focus now shifts toward baseball's Midsummer Classic in the form of the MLB All-Star Game.

While the game is an exhibition, it will be competitive since home-field advantage in the World Series will be up for grabs. Fans have been voting for the past several weeks, but the entire American League and National League rosters will be revealed during a special selection show Sunday night.

MLB's best players will converge on the Minnesota Twins' Target Field on July 15, but there will undoubtedly be plenty of controversy regarding who makes the cut and who doesn't.

With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch the All-Star Selection Show along with predictions for the 33-man rosters in both leagues.

 

When: Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

AL Roster Predictions

American League Roster Predictions
Position Player Team
C Brian McCann NYY
1B Miguel Cabrera DET
2B Robinson Cano SEA
3B Josh Donaldson OAK
SS Derek Jeter NYY
OF Jose Bautista TOR
OF Mike Trout LAA
OF Adam Jones BAL
DH Nelson Cruz BAL
C Derek Norris OAK
C Kurt Suzuki MIN
1B Jose Abreu CWS
2B Ian Kinsler DET
2B Jose Altuve HOU
3B Adrian Beltre TEX
SS Alexei Ramirez CWS
OF Michael Brantley CLE
OF Melky Cabrera TOR
DH Edwin Encarnacion TOR
DH Victor Martinez DET
P Felix Hernandez SEA
P Chris Sale CWS
P Masahiro Tanaka NYY
P Mark Buehrle TOR
P Scott Kazmir OAK
P Yu Darvish TEX
P Garrett Richards LAA
P Dellin Betances NYY
P Greg Holland KC
P Fernando Rodney SEA
P Koji Uehara BOS
P Jake McGee TB
P Wade Davis KC

Prediction

The potential American League roster is exciting to think about. It is stacked with powerful hitters and power arms. Big boppers like Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout are all virtual locks to make the team.

In addition to that, the American League boasts an impressive stable of pitchers that includes Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners, Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees and many more.

Perhaps the most controversial potential selection is Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Although he isn't having a sparkling year, this is his final MLB season, and there are plenty of fans who would love to see him in the game.

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, he is in position to win the fan vote:

Despite his current standing, the Yankees' captain isn't convinced that his spot on the team is secure quite yet, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

"You know me—I don't think about that before it happens," Jeter said. "I learned that a long time ago. I'll wait to see what happens."

Even if Jeter isn't the best shortstop in the AL currently, many players have made the All-Star Game in this manner before, with Cal Ripken Jr. and the late Tony Gwynn coming to mind. This game is for the fans, so Jeter making it would certainly be fitting.

 

NL Roster Predictions

National League Roster Predictions
Position Player Team
C Yadier Molina STL
1B Paul Goldschmidt ARI
2B Chase Utley PHI
3B Aramis Ramirez MIL
SS Troy Tulowitzki COL
OF Andrew McCutchen PIT
OF Carlos Gomez MIL
OF Giancarlo Stanton MIA
C Jonathan Lucroy MIL
C Devin Mesoraco CIN
1B Freddie Freeman ATL
1B Justin Morneau COL
2B Dee Gordon LAD
3B David Wright NYM
3B Todd Frazier CIN
SS Starlin Castro CHC
SS Hanley Ramirez LAD
OF Yasiel Puig LAD
OF Charlie Blackmon COL
OF Ryan Braun MIL
P Adam Wainwright STL
P Johnny Cueto CIN
P Julio Teheran ATL
P Henderson Alvarez MIA
P Josh Beckett LAD
P Tim Hudson SF
P Zack Greinke LAD
P Tony Watson PIT
P Francisco Rodriguez MIL
P Craig Kimbrel ATL
P Huston Street SD
P Rafael Soriano WAS
P Jonathan Papelbon PHI

Predictions

It can be argued that the National League's potential roster isn't quite as impressive as the AL's from top to bottom, but there is still plenty of talent across all positions. That is especially true in the outfield, where there has been quite a battle in the voting.

With Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez seemingly entrenched, the final spot will come down to eccentric Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and Miami Marlins powerhouse Giancarlo Stanton.

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Puig still holds the advantage:

Regardless of which one of them gets voted in, it is almost a sure thing that they will both make the team as they are enjoying spectacular campaigns.

It will also be interesting to see how St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny handles the pitching situation. There are so many starters with great numbers in the NL right now that Matheny will have some extremely difficult decisions to make.

If he pulls the right strings, though, his team may have the arms necessary to counteract the American League's top-notch hitting.

 

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Some players who don't make the initial All-Star Game rosters will still have an opportunity to get voted in by the fans in the last-chance 34th-man vote. With that said, there will inevitably be some great players left out in the cold.

The American League boasts four outstanding designated hitters, but one or two of them will have to stay home. Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion and Victor Martinez have all been too productive to leave out. That means perennial Boston Red Sox All-Star David Ortiz could be the odd man out.

He does have the advantage of Red Sox manager John Farrell serving as the AL's manager, though. According to Ryan Hannable of Metro Boston, Farrell admitted that Ortiz is in the running for a spot:

As much as Farrell would like to take his guy, though, he simply can't snub Cruz, Encarnacion or Martinez.

In the NL, catcher is a position of interest. While it is an extremely weak position in the AL, the opposite is true in the Senior Circuit. Yadier Molina and Jonathan Lucroy will likely make the team, but the third spot will come down to Devin Mesoraco and Buster Posey.

Posey is a key player for the San Francisco Giants and perhaps the best all-around backstop in the league, but Mesoraco is tearing the cover off the ball and will be tough to leave out. Whoever doesn't make it will know that they had a good enough resume to be on the team.

 

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