2014 MLB All-Star starters and rosters announced

  • David Whitlock
Credit: MLB/TV Weekly

Credit: MLB/TV Weekly

The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, home of the Minnesota Twins.  This year’s All-Star Game managers are Mike Matheny (St. Louis Cardinals) and John Farrell (Boston Red Sox), who earned the honor by being the pennant winning manager in their respective leagues in 2013.  The All-Star Game starters and full rosters were revealed on Sunday and featured 24 first-time participants.  As always, all 30 teams are represented by at least one player.

(*) – First time All-Star
(!) – Injured
(#) – Injury replacement

National League National League

Starters                                                                                                                 

C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B: Chase Utley, Phillies
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

Pitchers                                                                                                                 
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP: Johnny Cueto, Reds*
RHP: Zach Greinke, Dodgers
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
RHP: Pat Neshek, Cardinals*
RHP: Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
RHP: Tyson Ross, Padres*
RHP: Jeff Samardzija, Cubs (traded)*
RHP: Julio Teheran, Braves*
RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
LHP: Tony Watson, Pirates*
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals

Reserves                                                                                                           
C: Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers*
C: Devin Mesoraco, Reds*
1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B: Dee Gordon, Dodgers*
2B: Daniel Murphy, Mets*
SS: Starlin Castro, Cubs
3B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
3B: Todd Frazier, Reds*
IF/OF: Josh Harrison, Pirates*
OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies*
OF: Hunter Pence, Giants*
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

American League American League                                                                                

Starters                                                                                                                     

C: Matt Wieters, Orioles(!)
C: Salvador Perez, Royals(#)
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B: Robinson Cano, Mariners
SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B: Josh Donaldson, Athletics*
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
DH: Nelson Cruz, Orioles

Pitchers                                                                                                                  
RHP: Dellin Betances, Yankees*
LHP: Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers
LHP: Sean Doolittle, Athletics*
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Greg Holland, Royals
LHP: Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP: Glen Perkins Twins
LHP: David Price, Rays
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees*

Reserves                                                                                                                                

C: Derek Norris, Athletics*
C: Kurt Suzuki, Twins*
1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox*
1B/OF: Brandon Moss, Athletics*
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
SS: Alexei Ramirez, White Sox*
3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Michael Brantley, Indians*
OF: Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics*
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

The AL fan vote is absolutely stacked with pitching talent, while the NL fan vote features hitters who have solid numbers, but just seemed to be squeezed out for one reason or another.

NL Fan Vote                                                                                                        
1B: Justin Morneau, Rockies
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
3B: Anthony Rendon, Nationals
3B: Casey McGahee, Marlins
OF: Justin Upton, Braves

AL Fan Vote                                                                                              
LHP: Dallas Keuchel, Astros
RHP: Corey Kluber, Indians
RHP: Garret Richards, Angels
RHP: Rick Porcello, Tigers
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox

The Oakland Athletics led the AL with six All-Stars, while four teams topped the roster with four in the NL (Dodgers, Brewers, Cardinals, and Reds).

As expected, 40 year-old Derek Jeter was voted by the fans to the game for the 14th and final time (leading all veterans) with Miguel Cabrera (9) as the next closest.

New Athletics acquisition Jeff Samardzija was named to the NL All-Star team via player vote, however he will not be on the AL squad.

In the American League, eight different teams are represented as starters defensively, a big difference from the 1990’s and 2000’s when it was seemingly three Red Sox and Yankees each season.

We correctly predicted eight out of ten first-time All-Stars earlier this week, with the final two on the last five ballot.

Notable veteran omissions include David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Dustin Pedroia, Josh Hamilton, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Zimmerman, and Prince Fielder.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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