MLB All Star Voting Results 2014: Leaders, Selections and Projected Lineup

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MLB All Star Voting Results 2014: Leaders, Selections and Projected Lineup
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Well done, baseball fans.

The MLB All-Star voting results were finally revealed during an ESPN broadcast Sunday night, and the starting lineups and the reserves are full of the best talent America's pastime has to offer in 2014.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was the overall vote leader in MLB, while Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki paced the National League, as per MLB's official Twitter account: 

There is a wealth of talent behind those two players, and the rosters will no doubt be completely dissected in the coming days.   

Here is the full list of selections for each team, followed by projected lineups and starting pitchers.

2014 MLB All-Star Game, American League Selections
Player/Position Team
Vote Leaders/Starters
Matt Wieters, C (injured) Baltimore Orioles
Miguel Cabrera, 1B Detroit Tigers
Robinson Cano, 2B Seattle Mariners
Josh Donaldson, 3B Oakland Athletics
Derek Jeter, SS New York Yankees
Jose Bautista, OF Toronto Blue Jays
Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels
Adam Jones, OF Baltimore Orioles
Nelson Cruz, DH Baltimore Orioles
Pitchers
Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees
Jon Lester Boston Red Sox
David Price Tampa Bay Rays
Scott Kazmir Oakland Athletics
Mark Buehrle Toronto Blue Jays
Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics
Greg Holland Kansas City Royals
Dellin Betances New York Yankees
Reserves
Salvador Perez, C (will start for injured Wieters) Kansas City Royals
Victor Martinez, 1B Detroit Tigers
Yoenis Cespedes, OF Oakland Athletics
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (injured) Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Altuve, 2B Houston Astros
Derek Norris, C Oakland Athletics
Kurt Suzuki, C Minnesota Twins
Adrian Beltre, 3B Texas Rangers
Alexei Ramirez, SS Chicago White Sox
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF Oakland Athletics
Alex Gordon, OF Kansas City Royals
Michael Brantley, OF Cleveland Indians

ESPN Broadcast

2014 MLB All-Star Game, NL Selections
Player/Position Team
Vote Leaders/Starters
Yadier Molina, C St. Louis Cardinals
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks
Chase Utley, 2B Philadelphia Phillies
Troy Tulowitzki, SS Colorado Rockies
Aramis Ramirez, 3B Milwaukee Brewers
Andrew McCutchen, OF Pittsburgh Pirates
Carlos Gomez, OF Milwaukee Breweres
Yasiel Puig, OF Los Angeles Dodgers
Pitchers
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds
Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
Pat Neshek St. Louis Cardinals
Francisco Rodriguez Milwaukee Brewers
Tyson Ross San Diego Padres
Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs (since traded to Athletics)
Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves
Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
Tony Watson Pittsburgh Pirates
Jordan Zimmerman Washington Nationals
Reserves
Jonathan Lucroy, C Milwaukee Brewers
Devin Mesoraco, C Cincinnati Reds
Freddie Freeman, 1B Atlanta Braves
Dee Gordon, 2B Los Angeles Dodgers
Daniel Murphy, 2B New York Mets
Starlin Castro, SS Chicago Cubs
Todd Frazier, 3B Cincinnati Reds
Matt Carpenter, 3B St. Louis Cardinals
Josh Harrison, OF Pittsburgh Pirates
Hunter Pence, OF San Francisco Giants
Giancarlo Stanton, OF Miami Marlins
Charlie Blackmon, OF Colorado Rockies

ESPN Broadcast

MLB All-Star Game Projected Lineups
Order American League National League
1 Cano, 2B McCutchen, CF
2 Trout, LF Puig, RF
3 Cabrera, 1B Tulowitzki, SS
4 Jose Bautista RF Stanton, DH
5 Cruz, DH Goldschmidt, 1B
6 Jones, CF Carlos Gomez, LF
7 Donaldson, 3B Ramirez, 3B
8 Jeter, SS Molina, C
9 Perez, C Utley, 2B
Starting Pitchers Felix Hernandez, Mariners Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

ESPN Broadcast, projections by Nate Loop

 

 

Preview

Of course, there is just as much intrigue in the names left off the final rosters as there is for those chosen to play in the Midsummer Classic. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan gave his take on some snubs as the lineups were announced:

There could be plenty of explaining to do in Chris Sale's case. The Chicago White Sox ace is 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 87.1 innings pitched this season. He's also tops in the American League in hits per nine innings pitched (6.183) and Adjusted ERA+ (188), as per Baseball-Reference.com. However, he is still a candidate for the AL Final Vote, as per MLB: 

This All-Star Game will serve as a coronation of sorts for Derek Jeter as one of the greatest players this game has ever seen.

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Jeter hasn't necessarily put up All-Star numbers, posting a .266 batting average with two home runs and 21 RBI through 78 games this season. Nevertheless, the fans voted him in as a starter—no doubt a referendum on a legendary career.

There is an interesting quirk in the lineups here. Jeff Samardzija, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, was elected to the National League All-Star team, but he will not be able to participate in the game, as per MLB:

He was traded to the Oakland Athletics along with teammate Jason Hammel mere days before the rosters were announced. Samardzija was 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA before getting moved halfway across the country and into another league.

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It's possible his inability to play is due to the game's high stakes. The Midsummer Classic determines home-field advantage in the World Series. Samardzija now plays in the AL for a 55-33 Oakland team determined to make a run at a championship, so this would create a definite conflict of interest if he suited up for his old team.

Situations like this could cause MLB to re-evaluate the nature of its pre-eminent exhibition, as Samardzija deserves a chance to participate in this game based on his performance thus far. Then again, Oakland general manager Billy Beane could be just fine with the fact that the gem in his blockbuster trade will be resting his arm during the All-Star break.

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