The All-Star Game starters have been announced and if you disagree with any of the selections, you only have your fellow fans to blame.
While the list of pitchers and reserves will be released Monday after consideration from player votes and manager decisions, the position players in the starting lineup all came down to fan voting. This led to a wide variety of selections, including four players from the Kansas City Royals. Then again, we were close to getting many more from the reigning American League champions.
Here is a full look at the starters for each league.
|MLB All-Star Game Starters|
|C||Salvador Perez||Kansas City Royals|
|1B||Miguel Cabrera||Detroit Tigers|
|2B||Jose Altuve||Houston Astros|
|3B||Josh Donaldson||Toronto Blue Jays|
|SS||Alcides Escobar||Kansas City Royals|
|OF||Mike Trout||Los Angeles Angels|
|OF||Lorenzo Cain||Kansas City Royals|
|OF||Alex Gordon||Kansas City Royals|
|DH||Nelson Cruz||Seattle Mariners|
|C||Buster Posey||San Francisco Giants|
|1B||Paul Goldschmidt||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|2B||Dee Gordon||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|3B||Todd Frazier||Cincinnati Reds|
|SS||Jhonny Peralta||St. Louis Cardinals|
|OF||Bryce Harper||Washington Nationals|
|OF||Giancarlo Stanton||Miami Marlins|
|OF||Matt Holliday||St. Louis Cardinals|
Regardless of what you thought about some of the fringe choices, there were quite a few who deserved this honor, thanks to outstanding performances over the first half of the season.
Bryce Harper was the leading vote-getter in the National League, going into Sunday night with a .344 batting average and 25 home runs. Of course when he was asked about leading the vote, he only wanted to give credit to others, via Aaron Dodson of the Washington Post:
I have a great team and a lot of people around me that support me. I feel like having the fans we do here, it’s a lot of fun. We have such a bullseye on our backs as a team, as an organization. We’re just trying to go out there, have fun and enjoy it. Those votes, that’s something that I’m proud of. I’m proud to have the fans that I do. I owe a lot to what the fans come out and do for us every single night. They’ve done a great job.
Based on his ridiculous numbers to start the year and the fact he is just 22 years old, you can almost guarantee there will be many more All-Star appearances for the young slugger.
Paul Goldschmidt has put up just as impressive numbers this year, despite maybe getting less press. Still, he is a legitimate threat to win the Triple Crown this season.
Meanwhile, one of the bigger storylines in the NL race was whether Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier would get to start at home over Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Although it was extremely close at the latest release point, Frazier ended up getting the starting spot by more than two million votes:
There was just as much drama in the American League with close races all over the field:
In a surprise to many, Josh Donaldson ended up with the most overall votes in the majors. As Baseball Tonight noted, his votes were the most of all time:
Mike Trout and Nelson Cruz also were easy selections after showcasing tons of power—21 home runs each—in the West division over the first half of the season.
The inclusion of Matt Holliday, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon will obviously leave questions about the roster, but overall it seems like the fans did a reasonable job of picking the best at each position in the leagues.
Still, one of the big issues concerning the lineups will be the need for injury replacements. Miguel Cabrera and Giancarlo Stanton will both miss the Midsummer Classic due to injuries while Holliday remains questionable, although Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports he intends to play:
Although the official starting lineups won't be announced until the week of the game, we can project a reasonable one using potential injury replacements and a designated hitter for the National League.
|Projected Starting Lineups|
|National League||Pos.||American League|
|Dee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers||1||Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels|
|Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants||2||Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks||3||Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays|
|Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals||4||Nelson Cruz, DH, Seattle Mariners|
|Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds||5||Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals|
|Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*||6||Prince Fielder, 1B, Texas Rangers*|
|Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals||7||Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals||8||Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals|
|A.J. Pollock, DH, Arizona Diamondbacks*||9||Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals|
No matter who ends up in the final spots, you can be certain they will be worthy of the honor.
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