The AL and NL All-Star teams were announced Sunday during ESPN’s All-Star selection show and while home field advantage in the world series is no longer hinging on this exhibition game being selected to the roster is still up there in terms of a players achievements.
The Yankees Aaron Judge was the big name on this year’s American League team while Washington’s Bryce Harper anchors the National League team.
The All-Star game will be played Tuesday, July 11th in Miami with the home run derby taking place on Monday and the MLB futures game being played Sunday July 9th. The starters for both teams are below.
American League starters
First base: TOR Justin Smoak
Second base: HOU Jose Altuve
Shortstop: HOU Carlos Correa
Third base: CLE Jose Ramirez
Catcher: KC Salvador Perez
Outfielders: NYY Aaron Judge, LAA Mike Trout, HOU George Springer
DH: TB Corey Dickerson
Pitchers: BOS Chris Sale, MIN Ervin Santana, CLE Corey Kluber, KC Jason Vargas, CLE Andrew Miller, BOS Craig Kimbrel, HOU Dallas Keuchel, NYY Luis Severino, TEX Yu Darvish, DET Michael Fulmer, HOU Lance McCullers Jr., NYY Dellin Betances
First Base: OAK Yonder Alonso
Second Base: BAL Jonathan Schoop, NYY Starlin Castro
Shortstop: CLE Franciso Lindor
Third Base: MIN Miguel Sano
Catcher: NYY Gary Sanchez
Outfielders: BOS Mookie Betts, CLE Michael Brantley, CHI Avisail Garcia
DH: SEA Nelson Cruz
Fan Vote Final Five: TEX SS Elvis Andrus, BOS SS Xander Bogaerts, NYY SS Didi Gregorius, KC 3B Mike Moustakas, TB 1B Logan Morrison
National League starters
First Base: WAS Ryan Zimmerman
Second Base: WAS Daniel Murphy
Shortstop: CIN Zack Cozart
Third Base: COL Nolan Arenado
Catcher: SF Buster Posey
Outfielders: WAS Bryce Harper, COL Charlie Blackmon, MIA Marcell Ozuna
Pitchers: LAD Clayton Kershaw, WAS Max Scherzer, STL Carlos Martinez, ARI Robbie Ray, COL Greg Holland, LAD Kenley Jansen, ARI Zack Greinke, WAS Stephen Strasburg, CHC Wade Davis, SD Brad Hand, MIL Corey Knebel, PHI Pat Neshek
First base: CIN Joey Votto, ARI Paul Goldschmidt
Second Base: PIT Josh Harrison, COL DJ LeMahieu
Shortstop: LAD Corey Seager
Third Base: ARI Jake Lamb
Catcher: STL Yadier Molina
Outfielders: NYM Michael Conforto, LAD Cody Bellinger, MIA Giancarlo Stanton, ATL Ender Inciarte
Fan Vote Final Five: MIA 1B Justin Bour, CHC 3B Kris Bryant, WAS 3B Anthony Rendon, COL 1B Mark Reynolds, LAD 3B Justin Turner
This year there are a few rule changes including the reduction of roster spots from the usual 34 to 32. (12 pitchers and 20 positional players).
Another change has to do with roster selection. Rather than the managers selecting the reserves and filling out the roster this year it was left up to the players, fans, and the commissioners office. The fans voted for the starters, the players each selected 16 reserves from both the AL and NL (eight pitchers and a player from each position). The final roster spot will be determined by a fan vote.