MLB All Star Selection Show 2012: Date, Time, Schedule, Final Ballot and More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 29, 2012

Courtesy of KansasCityRoyals.com
Courtesy of KansasCityRoyals.com

Every year, the rosters for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game cause an uproar among fans and analysts. The 2012 American and National League teams promise to provide their share of yelling and screaming. 

But at least the game counts!

While Bud Selig continues to insist on making this exhibition decide who gets home-field advantage in the World Series, we can focus on what will be on the field in Kansas City on July 10 and just enjoy the game. 

As a way to get you ready for the announcement of the All-Star Game rosters, here is where and when everything will come out. 

When: Sunday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS

AMERICAN LEAGUE VOTE LEADERS TOTAL VOTES*
 Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers  2,825,532
 Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees  3,559,290
 Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers  3,073,541
 Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees  4,407,982
 Mike Napoli, C, Texas Rangers  3,008,228
 David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox  3,128,711
 Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers  7,310,824
 Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees  3,812,339
 Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays  2,773,442
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NATIONAL LEAGUE VOTE LEADERS TOTAL VOTES*
 Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds  4,475,180
 Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta Braves  2,641,361
 Rafael Furcal, SS, St. Louis Cardinals  2,323,486
 David Wright, 3B, New York Mets  2,687,818
 Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants  3,335,982
 Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers  4,118,524
 Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis Cardinals  3,717,483
 Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers  3,168,617
 Melky Cabrera, OF, San Francisco Giants  3,045,884

*Vote totals released on Monday, June 25 at MLB.com

Final Ballot Procedure

After the rosters have been announced, MLB will give fans the chance to vote one more player into the game on MLB.com in the Final Ballot. 

Five players from each league will be put on the Final Ballot, with the winner being announced on Thursday, July 5. 

Predicting Starting Pitchers

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park in interleague play on June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Greg Fiume/Getty Images

I am reluctant to put Strasburg in this spot, simply because I am not sure the Nationals want/will allow him to pitch in the game. On credentials and merit, there is no one in the National League who should start this game more than the 23-year-old phenom. 

With 90 innings pitched this season, Strasburg has amassed 118 strikeouts, a 2.60 ERA and just 71 hits allowed. He has been every bit as dominant this season as he was when he was a rookie, despite the Tommy John surgery that robbed him of virtually all 2011. 

He is the most exciting pitcher in all of baseball right now, and there is no one who should be facing American League hitters at the start of the All-Star Game than Strasburg. 

Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - MAY 18:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the fifth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park on May 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Leon Halip/Getty Images

Is it beating a dead horse to keep telling the world that Justin Verlander is really, really good?

Too bad, because the Tigers' ace is up to his old tricks. I will admit that the race for the starting spot in the American League was much more difficult for me than the National League. As much as I love R.A. Dickey, this is Strasburg's year. 

The AL, on the other hand, has three or four names at the top you could make a legitimate case for. Verlander separates himself by having thrown 13 more innings than Jake Peavy and 22 more than Chris Sale. 

It doesn't hurt that Verlander also leads the league in innings pitched (117.2), strikeouts (113) and is fourth in ERA (2.52).

Note: Starting pitchers won't be announced until Monday, July 9