American League and National League rosters for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game were revealed Tuesday during ESPN's selection show telecast.
Next Tuesday's annual contest at Petco Park in San Diego will feature 34 players per team. A final fan vote will decide one last addition to each side.
Below is an overview of the rosters, excluding the last two still to be voted in:
|2016 American League All-Star Roster|
|C||Salvador Perez||Kansas City Royals|
|1B||Eric Hosmer||Kansas City Royals|
|2B||Jose Altuve||Houston Astros|
|3B||Manny Machado||Baltimore Orioles|
|SS||Xander Bogaerts||Boston Red Sox|
|OF||Mike Trout||Los Angeles Angels|
|OF||Jackie Bradley Jr.||Boston Red Sox|
|OF||Mookie Betts||Boston Red Sox|
|DH||David Ortiz||Boston Red Sox|
|C||Matt Wieters||Baltimore Orioles|
|C||Stephen Vogt||Oakland Athletics|
|1B||Miguel Cabrera||Detroit Tigers|
|2B||Robinson Cano||Seattle Mariners|
|3B||Josh Donaldson||Toronto Blue Jays|
|SS||Francisco Lindor||Cleveland Indians|
|SS||Eduardo Nunez||Minnesota Twins|
|OF||Carlos Beltran||New York Yankees|
|OF||Ian Desmond||Texas Rangers|
|OF||Mark Trumbo||Baltimore Orioles|
|DH||Edwin Encarnacion||Toronto Blue Jays|
|SP||Marco Estrada||Toronto Blue Jays|
|SP||Cole Hamels||Texas Rangers|
|SP||Danny Salazar||Cleveland Indians|
|SP||Chris Sale||Chicago White Sox|
|SP||Steven Wright||Boston Red Sox|
|RP||Dellin Betances||New York Yankees|
|RP||Brad Brach||Baltimore Orioles|
|RP||Zach Britton||Baltimore Orioles|
|RP||Alex Colome||Tampa Bay Rays|
|RP||Wade Davis*||Kansas City Royals|
|RP||Will Harris||Houston Astros|
|RP||Kelvin Herrera||Kansas City Royals|
|RP||Craig Kimbrel||Boston Red Sox|
|RP||Andrew Miller||New York Yankees|
|*Davis is injured and will not pitch|
|2016 National League All-Star Roster|
|C||Buster Posey||San Francisco Giants|
|1B||Anthony Rizzo||Chicago Cubs|
|2B||Ben Zobrist||Chicago Cubs|
|3B||Kris Bryant||Chicago Cubs|
|SS||Addison Russell||Chicago Cubs|
|OF||Dexter Fowler||Chicago Cubs|
|OF||Bryce Harper||Washington Nationals|
|OF||Yoenis Cespedes||New York Mets|
|C||Wilson Ramos||Washington Nationals|
|C||Jonathan Lucroy||Milwaukee Brewers|
|1B||Paul Goldschmidt||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|1B||Wil Myers||San Diego Padres|
|2B||Daniel Murphy||Washington Nationals|
|SS||Corey Seager||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|3B||Nolan Arenado||Colorado Rockies|
|3B||Matt Carpenter||St. Louis Cardinals|
|OF||Adam Duvall||Cincinnati Reds|
|OF||Odubel Herrera||Philadelphia Phillies|
|OF||Carlos Gonzalez||Colorado Rockies|
|OF||Marcell Ozuna||Miami Marlins|
|SP||Jake Arrieta||Chicago Cubs|
|SP||Madison Bumgarner||San Francisco Giants|
|SP||Johnny Cueto||San Francisco Giants|
|SP||Jose Fernandez||Miami Marlins|
|SP||Clayton Kershaw*||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|SP||Jon Lester||Chicago Cubs|
|SP||Stephen Strasburg||Washington Nationals|
|SP||Julio Teheran||Atlanta Braves|
|SP||Noah Syndergaard||New York Mets|
|RP||Jeurys Familia||New York Mets|
|RP||Kenley Jansen||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|RP||Mark Melancon||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|RP||A.J. Ramos||Miami Marlins|
|RP||Fernando Rodney||Miami Marlins|
|*Kershaw is injured and will not pitch|
Voting for the final spot on the AL and NL teams opened Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET and will close on Friday.
It comes as little surprise that big-market, successful teams in the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs are the most represented among the All-Star starters.
The reigning World Series champion Kansas City Royals continued to benefit from an enthusiastic fanbase as well, with two deserving starters for the AL in first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez.
En route to his fourth All-Star bid, Perez was the leader in votes in the American League, per the ESPN telecast.
In addition to the sentimental and merited pick of David Ortiz as designated hitter amid his swan song, many of the young, rising Red Sox stars got recognition. Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts and right fielder Mookie Betts are only 23 years old and are in the conversation for the best players in baseball at their positions.
MLB Stat of the Day provided an interesting anecdote about the infield and the catcher for the AL squad:
Ortiz was the first starter announced on ESPN. The 40-year-old is making his 10th All-Star appearance after posting a .339 average with 19 homers and 66 RBI this season.
Baseball Tonight highlighted how Ortiz stacks up in Boston lore in terms of his All-Star history:
NL skipper Terry Collins will be deploying a starting lineup with a majority of Cubs players, including the entire infield. With its young talent, Chicago has an MLB-leading plus-151 run differential and a huge lead atop the NL Central.
ESPN Stats & Info noted the significance of the Cubs' achievement:
MLB.com's Daren Willman weighed in on how far Chicago has come in such a short span:
The Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper is batting only .258 this season, but the reigning NL MVP is nevertheless part of a high-octane outfield along with Yoenis Cespedes and another Cub in Dexter Fowler. The latter is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and isn't sure if he'll be healthy enough to play in the Midsummer Classic, per Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
Most interesting about the pitching selections is the AL's strategy to snag more relievers, inspired by Royals manager Ned Yost, who nabbed some arms from his own club—Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera.
The National League went heavier on top-tier starters in the spirit of Collins' loaded New York Mets staff.
The AL and NL teams will battle to give their league home-field advantage for the World Series. That makes the Midsummer Classic worth tuning in for beyond the sheer talent on display.
This year's All-Star Game is also a showcase of what could be a future dynasty for the Red Sox and Cubs, who have the makings of reigning supreme in Major League Baseball in the coming years.
They are both coming into their own this season, and it could soon be Chicago's turn to extinguish its 108-year championship drought. Boston did so when current Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was in charge of its personnel.
Now the Red Sox are flourishing in a new era, while Epstein has constructed a burgeoning powerhouse of likely perennial All-Stars in the Windy City.