Shohei Ohtani, Max Scherzer Named AL, NL Starting Pitchers for 2021 MLB All-Star Game

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 12, 2021

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 11: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on from the dugout before the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on July 11, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer have been named the starting pitchers for the American League and National League, respectively, for Tuesday's All-Star Game. 

Ohtani was voted by fans as an AL starter at the designated hitter position.

The batting orders for both teams were also announced Monday:

Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

The American League All-Star lineup… Ohtani will serve as both the starting pitcher and DH. <a href="https://t.co/Q7N6bKSfz4">pic.twitter.com/Q7N6bKSfz4</a>

Barry M. Bloom @Boomskie

Here’s the NL ASG lineup. <a href="https://t.co/EKUyzZ7z1d">pic.twitter.com/EKUyzZ7z1d</a>

Ohtani, 27, has become a mythical figure in his four seasons with the Angels. He leads MLB hitters with 33 home runs this year, is third in baseball with 70 RBI, has posted a 1.062 OPS and is 4-1 on the mound with a 3.49 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 67 innings. 

Jason Catania @JayCat11

Shohei Ohtani will be the SECOND Japanese-born pitcher to start an All-Star Game – and first for the AL side.<br><br>Hideo Nomo – as a rookie – started the 1995 Midsummer Classic for the NL.

Britt Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli

Kevin Cash said Ohtani will be used as two players. He “begged MLB” for the rules so he would t mess it up. Ohtani will stay in the game after he pitches as a position player.

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

AL manager Kevin Cash on starting Shohei Ohtani, who’s also batting leadoff as DH: “This is what the fans want to see.”

Jack Harris @Jack_A_Harris

Did Shohei Ohtani think he would be starting the ASG?<br><br>Ohtani: “I was not expecting to be chosen as a pitcher at all … but it’s a huge honor.”

He'll also feature in Monday night's Home Run Derby.

Injuries limited Ohtani to 12 starts in his first three seasons, and he wasn't utilized as a pitcher in the 2019 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. But he's returned to a dual role and is thriving both on the mound and at the plate in a way baseball arguably hasn't seen since the early days of Babe Ruth's career. 

When anything you do evokes the accomplishments of Ruth, you're on a special trajectory. 

While the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year will appear in his first All-Star Game, Scherzer is heading to his eighth Midsummer Classic. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is having another fantastic season, going 7-4 with a 2.66 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 98 innings. 

In case you were wondering, Scherzer doesn't have any hits in 30 at-bats this year.