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Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera Named to 2022 MLB All-Star Game by Commissioner

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJuly 8, 2022

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday a pair of legendary first basemen, the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols and Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, will take part in the 2022 All-Star Game as legacy selections.

MLB @MLB

These two legends will be playing in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllStarGame?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AllStarGame</a>!<br><br>See you in LA, <a href="https://twitter.com/PujolsFive?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PujolsFive</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/MiguelCabrera?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MiguelCabrera</a>. <a href="https://t.co/4oSTm2HtFx">pic.twitter.com/4oSTm2HtFx</a>

The league will celebrate their career accomplishments as part of the 92nd Midsummer Classic, which will take place July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Manfred said in a statement:

"I am delighted that Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera have agreed to participate in the All-Star Game. Albert and Miguel are two of the most accomplished players of their generation. They have also represented the baseball traditions of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela with excellence for the last two decades. Albert and Miguel are two all-time greats whose achievements warrant this special recognition."

Pujols announced in March he will retire following the 2022 season. Cabrera told ESPN's Sage Steele last year that he plans to play out his contract (via Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press). His eight-year, $248 million deal is guaranteed through 2023.

They are two of the best pure hitters of their generation.

Pujols has compiled a .296/.374/.541 slash line across 3,016 games with the Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. He debuted with St. Louis in 2001 and returned to the Cards for the 2022 season to put the final touches on his Hall of Fame career.

St. Louis Cardinals @Cardinals

Final season, final All-Star Game!<a href="https://twitter.com/PujolsFive?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PujolsFive</a> is heading to LA! <a href="https://t.co/8PJ6AjYCt3">pic.twitter.com/8PJ6AjYCt3</a>

Cabrera, 39, reached the 3,000-hit plateau this season after surpassing the 500-homer mark in 2021. His career slash line stands at .310/.386/.528 after 2,657 appearances.

He's no longer the Triple Crown threat he was during his peak seasons, hitting just three long balls in 70 games this season, but he's still put up a .347 on-base percentage in 2022.

Detroit Tigers @tigers

3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 500 home runs and now his 12th All Star appearance.<br><br>Miguel Cabrera has been selected to the American League All-Star team by Commissioner Rob Manfred for his accomplishments as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. <a href="https://t.co/RFSwt7eFBz">pic.twitter.com/RFSwt7eFBz</a>

Cabrera started his career with the Florida Marlins in 2003 before arriving in Detroit in 2008. He and Pujols have combined for 23 All-Star selections, 13 Silver Slugger Awards, five MVP Awards and three World Series titles.

Starters for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game will be announced Friday night followed by the full roster reveal Sunday.

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