The lineups for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game are set, with star players flooding the rosters for both the American and National leagues.
There are some household names, as well as first-time All-Stars cracking the lineups, making for an intriguing balance of stars and up-and-comers. Nearly every top name in the game is represented, but there are also some less notable players looking to steal the spotlight.
Here is a look at both All-Star Game rosters after Sunday night's selection show.
|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
Derek Jeter's Day
After a career that has been filled with world championships, All-Star selections and highlight-reel plays, Derek Jeter is sure to get a king's greeting in his final appearance at the Midsummer Classic.
The New York Yankees' living legend was selected for yet another All-Star Game on Sunday, and he'll start for the American League side for the ninth time in his career.
ESPN Stats and Information capped the historical significance:
This will be Derek Jeter's 9th All-Star Game start. Only Mickey Mantle (13) and Yogi Berra (11) have more as Yankees— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 6, 2014
There's really no two ways around it—no matter who gets MVP honors, hits the game-winning home run or dazzles most, it will be Jeter's day.
Ever since announcing before the 2014 season that it would be his last, Jeter has made this season his farewell tour with commemorative displays at every ballpark he plays in. At the All-Star Game, it should only be amplified.
We saw the MLB make Mariano Rivera's final appearance at the All-Star Game special, and folks should expect nothing less regarding Jeter, one of the best players of his time.
Yasiel Puig's Inevitable Debut
In just one month of scintillating rookie action, Yasiel Puig launched a huge All-Star campaign in 2013 that fell just short.
But in 2014, he couldn't be denied.
After starting the season with his signature highlight-reel outfield plays, big home runs and daunting hitting, Puig was named to the All-Star squad for the first time, as a starter for the NL.
Seconds after being named, Puig responded with a RBI double in the Dodgers game:
Right on cue, Yasiel Puig delivers an RBI double. #Dodgers lead 6-1.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 6, 2014
Puig has made quite the name for himself in just over a year in the majors, already becoming one of the most polarizing players in all of sports and arguably the most headline-generating in MLB.
But as told by his selection, fans aren't looking too much into his diamond hijinks, per Ian Casselberry:
Carlos Gomez and Yasiel Puig being All-Star starters should indicate what fans think of their "hijinks" and breaking "unwritten rules."— Ian Casselberry (@iancass) July 6, 2014
If Puig's early-career success is any indication, this should be just the first of many times Puig starts for the NL.
With so many All-Star spots up for grabs, it's inevitable that a few players could be overlooked.
2014 was no different. A number of worthy players failed to see their names called and will have a chip on their shoulder for the rest of the year.
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan noted some snubs that he saw in the AL pitching crew:
Early snubs: Chris Sale, Garrett Richards, Corey Kluber. American League absolutely loaded with starting pitchers.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 6, 2014
The fans don't always get it right, and it's nothing short of impossible for them to do so with so many quality players and only a handful of spots available.
If anything, being snubbed will serve as extra motivation for those who didn't see their name called on the broadcast.
Spread of Wealth in AL
Fans of the All-Star Game have noticed a trend in recent seasons—if an AL starter is on the roster, he's probably followed by a teammate.
From the loaded Yankees and Red Sox lineups of the early 2000s to the stacked Orioles and Rangers teams of recent seasons, seeing multiple players in the AL starting rotation has become a commonplace.
That trend was broken this year, as ESPN Stats and Information noted:
This will be the 1st time that the 8 AL position player starters will come from 8 different teams— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 6, 2014
It almost didn't even come to fruition, as Matt Wieters was initially selected as a starter. The Orioles catcher would have joined Adam Jones as the second Baltimore player in the lineup, but is injured and thus replaced by Salvador Perez.
Still, things seem to be balancing out in the AL as far as starting All-Stars go.
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