The votes are in, the ballots have been tallied, the managers have made their picks and the Final Vote candidates have been announced—now all that's left to do is actually play the All-Star Game.
On Sunday evening, the American and National League rosters were announced, and as you might imagine, Twitter was ablaze with the news. Let's take a look back at how folks reacted to the selections.
The All-Star Selection Show on ESPN began by announcing the American League starters. And MLB Public Relations on Twitter had the rosters (the starters are in bold) and final vote tallies:
It should be noted that Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is injured and won't be available for the game, but the MLB Twitter account has an update on who will start in his place:
One player in particular immediately caught USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale's eye:
Derek Jeter officially is American League starting shortstop where he will be the centerpiece of the game— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 6, 2014
Derek Jeter, as he always does, said all the right things once his place in the starting lineup was official, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:
Jeter: "All-Star Games are fun. ... It’ll be special for me. It’ll be the last one for me, so I’m glad I have the opportunity to go.”"— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 6, 2014
Jeter's selection in this game keeps him in some pretty impressive company, as ESPN Stats & Information tweeted:
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
With nine starts and 14 total appearances, Jeter, in many ways, represents the past of baseball. Mike Trout, meanwhile, represents the future. But he's already in some pretty impressive All-Star Game company, as MLB Public Relations notes:
Mike Trout is 4th AL OF ever to play in 3 #ASGs before 23rd birthday (Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline, Ken Griffey Jr.)— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) July 6, 2014
That's the American League. How did the National League shake out?
The MLB Public Relations account has the final roster (again, the starters in bold) and vote tallies:
One player who was particularly thrilled was Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who took the time to thank the fans for voting him in the starting lineup on his Twitter account:
Classy stuff there.
And then there was the bizarre. Take the case of Jeff Samardzija, who made the NL roster but isn't eligible to play in the game. Why? The Fox Sports: MLB account clears it up:
Jeff Samardzija was selected to the NL All-Star team but is ineligible since he was traded to the AL (A's) Teheran replaced Samardzija #ASG— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 6, 2014
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune doesn't agree with the ruling:
Need a rules change to allow Samardzija on AL squad. This is bogus.— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) July 6, 2014
But there were good stories, too. Take the selection of Pat Neshek, for instance, per Jonah Keri of Grantland:
Nightengale is also thrilled to see him in the game:
Awesome news that #STLCards reliever Pat Neshek makes 1st All Star Game in his hometown.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 6, 2014
And how about the Oakland Athletics, with the most players in the game? That hasn't happened in quite some time, as ESPN Stats & Information tweeted:
Athletics have the most All-Star selections this season with 6, their most in a season since 1975 (6)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 6, 2014
As always, however, much of the talk turned to the snubs. This is the portion of the program where we hand the mic to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:
For those wondering how Josh Harrison is an All-Star and Anthony Rendon or Anthony Rizzo or a whole lot of others aren't ... I got nothing.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 6, 2014
Early snubs: Chris Sale, Garrett Richards, Corey Kluber. American League absolutely loaded with starting pitchers.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 6, 2014
Clayton Kershaw: 87.1 IP, 13 starts, 10-2, 192 ERA+, NL All-Star. Chris Sale: 87.1 IP, 13 starts, 8-1, 188 ERA+, not an AL All-Star.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 6, 2014
Tyler Kepner of The New York Times can't wrap his head around Chris Sale's exclusion, either:
Chris Sale might be the best pitcher in baseball. Certainly in the conversation. Shocked he is not an All-Star.— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) July 6, 2014
Meanwhile, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN sympathized for the many deserving first basemen in the NL who didn't make the cut:
Tough year for NL first basemen. Rizzo, Morneau and LaRoche all didn't make All-Star team.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 6, 2014
Thankfully, there's a Final Vote, and boy, are both Final Votes loaded this year. Check them out, via MLB on Twitter:
If you feel one player in particular was seriously snubbed—cough, cough, Sale, cough—get out there and vote, folks. This year's All-Star Game feels particularly loaded, but a few deserving players will still have the chance to get in on the Final Vote.
And, man, should this game be good: Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout in the same lineup, some serious mashers in the National League—including fan favorite Yasiel Puig—and, lordy, how do you select a starting pitcher from so many incredibly deserving candidates?
This year's All-Star Game could be a classic. It's certainly going to be hard for both managers to get every worthy player some time out on the field. And that, folks, makes for good baseball.