Rosters for the 83rd All Star Game Announced
We are nine days away from the Summer Classic in Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and baseball fans have spoken to the tune of a record breaking 391.2 million votes in selecting their all stars. Today, the rosters for both leagues announced with the Final Vote still taking place. The Rangers will have seven players in the ASG with Yu Darvish in the Final Vote. Huston Street, will be the Padres lone representative in Kansas City.
The starters for the American League:
- 1B Prince Fielder (.294/.371/.485)
- 2B Robinson Cano (.308/.370/.582)
- SS Derek Jeter (.300/.351/.406)
- 3B Adrian Beltre (.328/.360/.534)
- C Mike Napoli (.238/.338/.444)
- LF Josh Hamilton (.319/.385/.652)
- CF Curtis Granderson (.245/.347/.510)
- RF Jose Bautista (.239/.359/.549)
- DH David Ortiz (.305/.393/.613)
The AL Reserves are: C Wieters, 1B Konerko, 2B Kinsler, SS A. Cabrera, 3B M. Cabrera, OF Jones, OF Trout, OF Trumbo, DH Dunn. Adam Dunn does two things: hit homeruns and strike out. He has 24 homeruns to 125 strikeouts. Good to see Mike Trout being selected especially after that particularly awesome homerun catch. Remaining position players are C Mauer, SS Andrus, DH Butler.
The starters for the visiting National League:
- 1B Joey Votto (.350/.471/.632)
- 2B Dan Uggla (.235/.363/.414)
- SS Rafael Furcal (.280/.346/.377)
- 3B Pablo Sandoval (.307/.366/.482)
- C Buster Posey (.296/.363/.472)
- CF Matt Kemp (.355/.444/.719)
- RF Carlos Beltran (.310/.396/.576)
- LF Melky Cabrera (.350/.393/.514)
The reserves for the NL features: 1B LaHair, 2B Altuve, SS Castro, 3B Wright, OF Braun, OF C. Gonzalez, and OF McCutchen. Andrew McCutchen has made a name for himself with the Pirates. He can spray the whole field with hits and one of the reasons the Pirates are a game behind the Reds. In a bit of irony, Bryan LaHair lost 1B to once Padre Anthony Rizzo. Rounding out the rest of the NL position players are C Ruiz, SS Desmond, OF Bruce, and OF Stanton.
Ron Washington’s starter selection includes: David Price, C.C. Sabathia, Chris Sale, Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, and Jered Weaver. Sabathia is currently on the DL and will be replaced by C.J. Wilson. King Felix continues to retire batters at 9.27 K/9 and walking very little. However, he has some road woes as his home/away ERA is a hair over 2 runs average difference (2.14/4.18). Verlander and Sale are solid selections.
Over on the National League side, some well deserved names in the list. They are: Matt Cain, R.A. Dickey, Lance Lynn, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg. Great to see SDSU alumnus Stephen Strasburg in the ASG. He most deserves it. He and Gio Gonzalez have been great for the Nationals and helping that team contend in the NL East. Dickey’s knuckleball has been just unhittable including his dazzling performances against Baltimore and Tampa Bay. Huston Street who has pitched only 20 innings will be the Padres lone representative as a reliever. Yes, 20 innings. Clayton Kershaw
I’m not real happy with the NL selections. If this game is going to count for something, it should be better for the NL. AL is going to massacre the NL. Hopefully Aaron Hill makes it past the Final Vote.