MLB All Star Lineup 2014: Batters, Starting Pitchers for AL and NL Squads

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJuly 7, 2014

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.


2014 All Star Game Roster
American LeagueNational 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 ReservesNL Reserves
Derek Norris, C, Oakland AthleticsJonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers
Kurt Suzuki, C, Minnesota TwinsDevin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds
Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White SoxFreddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves
Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit TigersDee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue JaysDaniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland AthleticsStarlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston AstrosTodd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White SoxMatt Carpenter, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas RangersJosh Harrison, IF/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland AthleticsCharlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City RoyalsHunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians
AL PitchersNL Pitchers
Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas RangersJohnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit TigersClayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle MarinersZack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York YankeesMadison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants
Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red SoxAdam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay RaysTyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres
Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland AthleticsJordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals
Mark Buehrle, LHP, Toronto Blue JaysJulio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland AthleticsCraig Kimbrel, RHP Atlanta Braves
Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City RoyalsAroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota TwinsFrancisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Dellin Betances, RHP, New York YankeesTony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pat Neshek, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
Source: MLB on Twitter; *denotes starter


Notable Storylines

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:

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:

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:

If Puig's early-career success is any indication, this should be just the first of many times Puig starts for the NL.


Snubs Aplenty

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:

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:

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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