|2013 All-Star rosters announced|
|Monday, July 08, 2013 12:06 AM|
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, the 2013 leading vote-getter in Major League Baseball, and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 84th All-Star Game to be played July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
Davis, who leads the majors with 32 home runs and a .717 slugging percentage, totaled 8,272,243 votes as he surpassed the A.L.’s starting third baseman, Miguel Cabrera (8,013,874) of the Detroit Tigers, in the final week to finish as the leading vote-getter in all of baseball. Davis has 83 RBIs on the season, two shy of his career-high and team-leading total of 85 set in 2012.
Cabrera leads the majors with a .361 batting average, 120 hits, 86 RBIs and a .451 on-base percentage and is also tied for the majors’ lead with 65 runs scored.
Molin received 6,883,258 votes to lead the N.L. ahead of his Cardinals teammate Carlos Beltran, who garnered 6,786,919 votes. Molina held on in a tightly-contested race with San Francisco Giants backstop Buster Posey, who tallied the third-highest total in the N.L. with 6,474,088 votes. Molina leads the N.L. with a .346 batting average and 26 doubles.
Beltran ranks fifth in the N.L. with 19 home runs and sixth with a .537 slugging percentage.
Joining Beltran in the N.L. outfield will be Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Gonzalez finished second among N.L. outfielders with 4,214,904 votes and leads the N.L. with 23 home runs, 65 runs scored, 199 total bases and 50 extra-base hits; he is tied for the league lead with nine outfield assists. Harper, who finished with 4,097,009 votes, finished just ahead of Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (3,855,928) and Atlanta’s Justin Upton (3,678,190), will become the third-youngest player to start a Midsummer Classic. According to Elias, the only players younger than Harper (20 years, 270 days on July 16th) to start a Midsummer Classic were Hall-of-Famer Al Kaline in 1955 (20 years, 205 days) and Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1990 (20 years, 231 days).
In the A.L. outfield, Adam Jones of the Orioles finished ahead of Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a back-and-forth battle for the top outfield spot. They are joined by Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. Jones received 6,793,577 votes and ranks among A.L. leaders with 57 runs scored (T-4th), 104 hits (T-6th), 59 RBIs (7th) and 22 doubles (T-9th). Trout garnered 6,771,745 votes and is the only player in the A.L. to hit at least 10 home runs and steal at least 20 bases thus far in the 2013 season; he is tied for first in the majors with 34 multi-hit games, ranks third in the A.L. with 185 total bases and fourth with 108 hits and 45 extra-base hits. Bautista collected 3,999,631 votes to hold off Nick Markakis of the Orioles (3,783,189). Bautista ranks third in the A.L. with 59 runs, is tied for third with 47 walks and tied for seventh with 20 home runs.
Joining Davis and Cabrera in the A.L. infield is New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy. Cano totaled 5,369,141 votes and leads major-league second basemen with 20 home runs. Hardy, who leads A.L. shortstops with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs, claimed 5,283,144 votes.
Cincinnati Reds teammates Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips man the right side of the N.L. infield. Votto, who received 5,128,515 votes, leads the N.L. with 60 walks and a .433 on-base percentage. Phillips tallied 4,799,417 votes, holding off Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (4,337,408) and 2012 NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro of the Giants (4,117,815). Phillips leads the majors with 24 go-ahead RBIs and 13 game-winning RBIs.
Rounding out the N.L. starters on the infield is third baseman David Wright of the hometown New York Mets (6,411,381 votes) and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies (5,404,860 votes). Wright ranks among N.L. leaders with a .396 on-base percentage (4th), 43 walks (5th), five triples (T-6th), a .524 slugging percentage (7th), 37 extra-base hits (T-8th) and 14 stolen bases (9th). Tulowitzki is currently on the DL with a broken rib.
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz round out the starters for the A.L. Mauer drew 5,443,856 votes and tops major-league catchers with 49 runs scored and a .395 OBP and ranks second with 25 doubles and a .314 batting average. Ortiz totaled 6,226,301 and ranks third in the majors with 61 RBIs.
Pitchers and reserves were also named.
National League position players invited as a result of Player Balloting are Posey, Carpenter; first baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks; shortstop Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers; third baseman Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates; and outfielders Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies, Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates.
N.L. pitchers who have made the All-Star Game as a result of the Player Ballot include starters Matt Harvey of the host New York Mets; Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks; Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals; and Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals. The relievers are Jason Grilli of the Pirates; Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves; and Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds.
Bochy had nine selections to fill out the remainder of the N.L. roster. The five pitchers chosen by the manager are Madison Bumgarner of the Giants; Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins; Cliff Lee of the Phillies; Jeff Locke of the Pirates; and Travis Wood of the Chicago Cubs. The four position players are Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres; Allen Craig of the Cardinals; Carlos Gomez of the Brewers; and Marco Scutaro of the Giants.
The MLB.com Final Vote will determine the 34th N.L. roster spot: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (N1); Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (N2); first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (N3) and outfielder Yasiel Puig (N5) of the Dodgers; and outfielder Hunter Pence (N4) of the Giants.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig recorded the highest number of write-in votes during 2013 All-Star balloting, garnering 842,915 votes.
A.L. position players invited are catcher Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals; first baseman Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers; second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox; shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers; third baseman Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles; outfielders Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Torii Hunter of the Tigers and Alex Gordon of the Royals; and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays.
A.L. pitchers include starters Max Scherzer of the Tigers; Seattle Mariners teammates Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma; Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox; and Yu Darvish of the Rangers. Since Buchholz is currently on the DL and will be unable to participate, his replacement is Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics, per Leyland’s choice. The relievers are Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees; Jesse Crain of the Chicago White Sox; and Joe Nathan of the Rangers. Since Crain is currently on the DL, his replacement is Glen Perkins of the Minnesota Twins.
Leyland’s seven selections included four pitchers: starter Justin Masterson of the Cleveland Indians; starter Chris Sale of the White Sox; starter Justin Verlander of the Tigers; and reliever Brett Cecil of the Blue Jays. The three position players are catcher Jason Castro of the Houston Astros; infielder Jason Kipnis of the Indians; and utilityman Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Final Vote will determine the 34th A.L. roster spot: pitchers Joaquin Benoit (A1) of the Tigers; Steve Delabar (A2) of the Blue Jays; David Robertson (A3) of the Yankees; Tanner Scheppers (A4) of the Rangers; and Koji Uehara (A5) of the Red Sox.