2015 MLB All-Star Game: Full Rosters and Viewing Info for Summer Showcase

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2015

Texas Rangers' Prince Fielder stands at the play as he looks for a pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray in the first inning of an interleague baseball game Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Although meant to honor and bring baseball's best together, the MLB All-Star Game instead welcomes a sea of negativity and resentment.

Too often fans and analysts get caught decrying the biggest omissions rather than praising the deserving selections. After all, this is a game that foolishly counts. With the stakes so high, it stinks to see Clayton Kershaw, Joey Votto and Brian Dozier left out.

Yet there are several other feel-good stories to instead celebrate. Some have blossomed before our eyes. Others have overcome injuries, and one has enjoyed an incredible bounce-back campaign to possibly conclude his career.

After running through the full 2015 rosters and viewing info, let's single out a few of those heartwarming stories.

2015 MLB All-Star Game 

Date: Tuesday, July 14

Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati 

Time (ET): 7 p.m.

TV: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Tickets: ScoreBig.com

American League Roster

PositionStarterTeam
CSalvador PerezKansas City Royals
1BMiguel Cabrera (Injured)Detroit Tigers
2BJose AltuveHouston Astros
3BJosh DonaldsonToronto Blue Jays
SSAlcides EscobarKansas City Royals
OFMike TroutLos Angeles Angels
OFLorenzo CainKansas City Royals
OFAlex Gordon (Injured)Kansas City Royals
DHNelson CruzSeattle Mariners
PositionReserveTeam
CRussell MartinToronto Blue Jays
CStephen VogtOakland Athletics
1BAlbert Pujols (Starting for Cabrera)Los Angeles Angels
1BMark TeixeiraNew York Yankees
2BBrock HoltBoston Red Sox
2BJason KipnisCleveland Indians
SSJose IglesiasDetroit Tigers
3BManny MachadoBaltimore Orioles
3BMike Moustakas (Final Vote)Kansas City Royals
OFJose BautistaToronto Blue Jays
OFBrett Gardner (Replacing Gordon)New York Yankees
OFAdam JonesBaltimore Orioles
OFJ.D. MartinezDetroit Tigers
DHPrince FielderTexas Rangers
PositionPitcherTeam
SPChris ArcherTampa Bay Rays
SPSonny GrayOakland Athletics
SPFelix HernandezSeattle Mariners
SPDallas KeuchelHouston Astros
SPDavid PriceDetroit Tigers
SPChris SaleChicago White Sox
RPDellin BetancesNew York Yankees
RPBrad BoxbergerTampa Bay Rays
RPZach BrittonBaltimore Orioles
RPWade DavisKansas City Royals
RPKelvin HerreraKansas City Royals
RPDarren O'DayBaltimore Orioles
RPGlen PerkinsMinnesota Twins
MLB.com

National League Roster

PositionStarterTeam
CBuster PoseySan Francisco Giants
1BPaul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks
2BDee GordonMiami Marlins
3BTodd FrazierCincinnati Reds
SSJhonny PeraltaSt. Louis Cardinals
OFBryce HarperWashington Nationals
OFGiancarlo Stanton (Injured)Miami Marlins
OFMatt HollidaySt. Louis Cardinals
PositionReserveTeam
CYadier MolinaSt. Louis Cardinals
CYasmani GrandalLos Angeles Dodgers
1BAnthony RizzoChicago Cubs
1BAdrian GonzalezLos Angeles Dodgers
2BDJ LeMahieuColorado Rockies
2BJoe PanikSan Francisco Giants
SSBrandon CrawfordSan Francisco Giants
3BNolan ArenadoColorado Rockies
3BKris BryantChicago Cubs
OF*Andrew McCutchen (Starting for Stanton)Pittsburgh Pirates
OFJoc PedersonLos Angeles Dodgers
OFA.J. PollockArizona Diamondbacks
OFJustin UptonSan Diego Padres
PositionPitcherTeam
SPMax ScherzerWashington Nationals
SPGerrit ColePittsburgh Pirates
SPZack GreinkeLos Angeles Dodgers
SPShelby MillerAtlanta Braves
SPJacob deGromNew York Mets
SPMadison BumgarnerSan Francisco Giants
SPMichael WachaSt. Louis Cardinals
SPA.J. BurnettPittsburgh Pirates
SPCarlos Martinez (Final Vote)St. Louis Cardinals
RPTrevor RosenthalSt. Louis Cardinals
RPMark MelanconPittsburgh Pirates
RPAroldis ChapmanCincinnati Reds
RPJonathan PapelbonPhiladelphia Phillies
RPFrancisco RodriguezMilwaukee Brewers
MLB.com

Best Stories

A.J. Burnett, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Duane Burleson/Associated Press

A 38-year-old pitcher who considered retirement after a dreadful 2014, A.J. Burnett will make his first and final All-Star appearance.

After taking less money to reunite with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he stated his intentions on ending a career he began in 1999. 

“The past couple of years, it was year by year,” Burnett told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal in February. “I thought about (retiring) a few years ago in New York. But now this is it. This is my last hurrah. I’m cool with that."

A year after weaving a 4.59 ERA with the Philadelphia Phillies, the veteran righty has registered a 1.99 ERA through 113 innings for Pittsburgh. Even with a diminished 94 strikeouts, he has performed better than ever due to a 54.4 ground-ball percentage and career-low 2.39 walks per nine innings.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN.com, Burnett can become the fifth starting pitcher aged 38 or older to enter the break with an ERA below 2.00. To join Roger Clemens, Phil Niekro, Spud Chandler and Dutch Leonard, he'll need a strong showing against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

Prince Fielder, 1B, Texas Rangers

LM Otero/Associated Press

Before undergoing season-ending neck surgery last year, Prince Fielder had not missed a game from 2011-13. The slugger went from playing all but one contest in five years to sitting out 120 bouts. 

Even before succumbing to his first serious injury, the feared first baseman recorded a microscopic .360 slugging percentage in 2014. The Texas Rangers had no idea what to expect from a big-bodied 31-year-old under contract for six more seasons.

To their relief, they've received the Fielder of old. Serving primarily as the designated hitter, he's batting .345/.409/.530 with 14 homers. He's not exactly the guy who once belted 50 long balls, but he is pulling the ball less in hopes of remaining relevant once his strength wanes.

Although his rebound is fueled more by contact than power, Fielder will also participate in the Home Run Derby, per the team's Twitter page:

Everyone can blame/thank Fielder for blocking Alex Rodriguez from the American League roster. Two designated hitters is more than enough for a game operating under National League rules.

  

Joe Panik, 2B, and Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants

David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Here's a look at how the San Francisco Giants middle-infield pairing of Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford performed last season:

Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford (2014)
PlayerPABAOBPSLGHRWAR
Panik287.305.343.36811.6
Crawford564.246.324.389103.0
FanGraphs.com

Now let's fast-forward to the present day, where both are All-Star reserves:

Panik and Crawford (2015)
PlayerPAAVGOBPSLGHRWAR
Panik353.313.375.45673.4
Crawford324.255.326.456122.7
FanGraphs.com

Granted, Panik received a helping hand from Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who made the second baseman one of his final selections. Yet it was hardly a charity case to choose a player leading the NL in WAR at his position.

Possessing the power to match his stellar glove, Crawford also should have received more recognition from the fans. Only Troy Tulowitzki—whose gripe in being left off the roster belongs with teammate DJ LeMahieu—holds a higher slugging percentage among shortstops.

He didn't make the cut, but Matt Duffy has also defied all reasonable expectations at third base. A bunch of supposedly light-hitting infielders are carrying the defending champion's offense with Hunter Pence sidelined.

Note: Advanced stats are courtesy of FanGraphs

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