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, 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's selection in this game keeps him in some pretty impressive company, as ESPN Stats & Information tweeted:
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:
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:
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune doesn't agree with the ruling:
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:
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:
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:
Tyler Kepner of The New York Times can't wrap his head around Chris Sale's exclusion, either:
Meanwhile, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN sympathized for the many deserving first basemen in the NL who didn't make the cut:
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.
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