Updates from Monday, July 14
The lineups for this week's All-Star Game were released on Monday via MLB's Public Relations Twitter account:
Updates from Sunday, July 13
MLB confirmed two additions to the National League roster:
Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reported on another player who earned a spot in the All-Star Game:
Giants have been told Hudson is going to All-Star Game. It'll be his fourth appearance, first since 2010.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) July 13, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 9
MLB announced Wednesday that Masahiro Tanaka would be replaced in next week's All-Star Game after being placed on the DL:
Updates from Monday, July 7
Edwin Encarnacion has been replaced on the American League roster, MLB confirmed Monday:
Voting for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game wrapped up Sunday, with the final American and National League selections announced on ESPN's telecast.
Two supreme teams have been assembled to battle on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis for home-field advantage in the World Series.
Here is a look at the results:
|American League||National League|
|Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals*||Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals*|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers*||Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks*|
|Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners*||Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies*|
|Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees*||Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies*|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics*||Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers*|
|Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels*||Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*|
|Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays*||Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers*|
|Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles*||Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers*|
|Nelson Cruz, DH, Baltimore Orioles*||Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Miami Marlins*|
|AL Reserves||NL Reserves|
|Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics||Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers|
|Kurt Suzuki, C, Minnesota Twins||Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds|
|Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox||Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves|
|Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit Tigers||Dee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays||Daniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets|
|Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics||Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs|
|Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros||Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox||Matt Carpenter, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers||Josh Harrison, IF/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics||Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies|
|Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals||Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants|
|Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians|
|AL Pitchers||NL Pitchers|
|Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas Rangers||Johnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds|
|Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit Tigers||Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle Mariners||Zack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York Yankees||Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants|
|Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red Sox||Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays||Tyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres|
|Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland Athletics||Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals|
|Mark Buehrle, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays||Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves|
|Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland Athletics||Craig Kimbrel, RHP Atlanta Braves|
|Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City Royals||Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds|
|Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota Twins||Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers|
|Dellin Betances, RHP, New York Yankees||Tony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Pat Neshek, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals|
Source: MLB on Twitter. *denotes starter
A fan vote determined the starting players, ensuring that the Midsummer Classic is indeed providing the people with what they want.
MLB tweeted the starting lineups for both leagues:
Jeff Samardzija was voted on as a member of the NL team, but the former Cub will be ineligible to play now that he's with the A's, according to MLB.com:
Though Jeff Samardzija has been traded to an AL club, he is considered a member of the NL squad and will receive full All-Star honors. (1/2)— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2014
Jeff Samardzija will be inactive for the All-Star Game in Minneapolis. (2/2)— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2014
Injured Baltimore Orioles star Matt Wieters was the initial starter at catcher for the AL, but Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals replaced him:
Perez is known for his arm but is also a threat at the plate, per Mark Simon of ESPN.com:
Royals C Salvador Perez had the most hits of anyone on pitches out of strike zone in June ... and co-led MLB in WAR pic.twitter.com/70JMscjfUK— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) July 1, 2014
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was voted as an All-Star starter, which makes sense given that he leads baseball with a .350 batting average.
Troy Tulowitzki the leading NL vote-getter. #ASG— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 6, 2014
However, the NL's leading vote-getter may be pining to leave Colorado before long if his individual success continues to dwarf the Rockies' (37-52) accomplishments as a team, per The Denver Post's Mark Kiszla:
In Todd Helton, there's someone who's easy to look at his career here and how it played out. I have the utmost respect for Todd, but at the same time, I don't want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn't have a chance to win every single year. He played in a couple postseason games and went to one World Series. But that's not me. I want to be somewhere where there's a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.
For this All-Star showcase to have more meaning to Tulowitzki, his club would need to be in contention for a Commissioner's Trophy. That shouldn't be a problem this year for the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers, two of the best teams in baseball who were rewarded with a plethora of All-Stars.
A's third baseman Josh Donaldson is a starter, and cannon-armed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is also on the AL roster to headline the six Oakland players.
Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy was beat out by division rival Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals for the starting catcher spot.
Lucroy, selected as a reserve, leads all catchers in hits (104), batting average (.329) and on-base percentage (.397), but fans went with the more defensive-minded Molina behind the plate. Two Brewers will occupy the starting National League lineup, though, in third baseman Aramis Ramirez and entertaining outfielder Carlos Gomez.
This may be a farewell tour of sorts for New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, but he's done well to prove there's merit to warrant his spot in the AL infield. Jeter had three hits and two RBI in the Yankees' 9-7 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday—in the same ballpark he'll play in for the last time as an All-Star.
SportsCenter highlighted some history Jeter made to bolster his already stupendous legacy:
Yankees win in Derek Jeter's final regular season game in Minnesota, 9-7. Jeter goes 3-4 moving into 4th for most career singles (2,542).— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 6, 2014
Newsday's Erik Boland recorded what Jeter had to say about starting the All-Star Game:
Jeter elected to start All-Star game a ninth time. "I’m happy I get the opportunity to come back here. It’s special for me."— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 6, 2014
MLB Public Relations pointed to the elite company Jeter joined with this latest prestigious designation:
Jeter is 7th player in AL history to earn 9 fan elections to start #ASG (Ripken, Brett, Carew, Griffey, Ichiro, Pudge).— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) July 6, 2014
Arizona Diamondbacks standout Paul Goldschmidt apparently wanted to flex his All-Star might on Sunday, too. He snapped a 17-game home run dry spell by hitting his 16th dinger of the year, leading Arizona to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
The D'Backs' official Twitter account alluded to how consistent Goldschmidt has been over the years even when he's not swatting it out of the park:
There is considerable power on the AL side, with Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout in a stacked batting order, along with Jose Bautista, who led his league in votes. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports brings up how strong the pitching is on the AL side too:
Early snubs: Chris Sale, Garrett Richards, Corey Kluber. American League absolutely loaded with starting pitchers.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 6, 2014
With how loaded both these All-Star rosters are, it's tough to predict who has the edge between the AL and NL on July 15.
What is certain is that many prominent contributors from MLB's two best teams in the A's and Brewers, along with members from other contenders, will be fighting especially hard for home-field advantage in the World Series.
There is a lot of baseball between now and when the playoff picture becomes far clearer, yet the one certainty of the All-Star Game is its stakes will inspire plenty of buzz in Minneapolis—even beyond the star power on display.