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MLB selects rosters for 2018 ALL-Star Game

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve received the most votes of any player heading to Washington D.C.

July 09, 2018 - 9:16 am

Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the 2018 All-Star Game on Sunday, which is set to be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was the leader in fan votes for the American League, while Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was the leader for the National League.

Here’s how the starting lineups look like:

American League:

  • C: Wilson Ramos - Tampa Bay Rays
  • 1B: Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
  • 2B: Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
  • 3B: Jose Ramirez - Cleveland Indians
  • SS: Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
  • OF: Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
  • OF: Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
  • OF: Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
  • DH: J.D. Martinez - Boston Red Sox

National League:

  • C: Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs
  • 1B: Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
  • 2B: Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
  • 3B: Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
  • SS: Brandon Crawford - San Francisco Giants
  • OF: Nick Markakis - Atlanta Braves
  • OF: Matt Kemp - Los Angeles Dodgers
  • OF: Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was very emotional after learning that he would start in his first ever All-Star game.

Contreras had left his family in Venezuela and arrived in the U.S. with no knowledge of English. During his eight seasons in the minors, Contreras learned English and developed into one of the best catchers in the game.

Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is also starting in his first All-Star game. The 34-year-old Markakis has played in 1,928 regular season games before his first All-Star selection, which is the most all-time.

Here’s how the pitching staffs look:

American League:

  •  Trevor Bauer - Cleveland Indians 
  •  Jose Berrios - Minnesota Twins 
  •  Aroldis Chapman - New York Yankees 
  •  Gerrit Cole - Houston Astros 
  •  Edwin Diaz - Seattle Mariners 
  •  J.A. Happ - Toronto Blue Jays 
  •  Joe Jimenez - Detroit Tigers 
  •  Craig Kimbrel - Boston Red Sox 
  •  Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians 
  •  Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox 
  •  Luis Severino - New York Yankees 
  •  Blake Treinen - Oakland Athletics 
  •  Justin Verlander - Houston Astros

National League:

  • Patrick Corbin - Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
  • Sean Doolittle - Washington Nationals
  • Mike Foltynewicz - Atlanta Braves
  • Josh Hader - Milwaukee Brewers
  • Brad Hand - San Diego Padres
  • Kenley Jansen - Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jon Lester - Chicago Cubs
  • Miles Mikolas - St. Louis Cardinals
  • Aaron Nola - Philadelphia Phillies
  • Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
  • Felipe Vazquez - Pittsburgh Pirates

Three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer is expected to start in his home ballpark for the National League.

Here’s the rest of the reserves:

American League:

  • C: Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
  • 1B: Mitch Moreland - Boston Red Sox
  • 2B: Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
  • 3B: Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
  • SS: Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
  • OF: Michael Brantley - Cleveland Indians
  • OF: Shin-Soo Choo - Texas Rangers
  • OF: Mitch Haniger - Seattle Mariners
  • OF: George Springer - Houston Astros
  • OF: Nelson Cruz - Seattle Mariners

National League:

  • C: Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
  • C: J.T. Realmuto - Miami Marlins
  • 1B: Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 1B: Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
  • 2B: Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves
  • 2B: Scooter Gennett - Cincinnati Reds
  • 3B: Eugenio Suarez - Cincinnati Reds
  • SS: Trevor Story - Colorado Rockies
  • OF: Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies
  • OF: Lorenzo Cain - Milwaukee Brewers
  • OF: Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers

The Astros, Red Sox, and Indians each have five All-Stars, tied for most in the majors. The Yankees and Braves each have four representatives, tied for second in the league. Mike Trout, Chris Sale, and Justin Verlander are each making their seventh appearance in the mid-summer classic for the American League. Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, and Joey Votto have the most All-Star experience for the National League with six each. Gleyber Torres of the Yankees and Ozzie Albies of the Braves are the only rookies named to the game this year.

The final spot on each league’s roster will be determined by a fan vote.

All-Star festivities kick off with the Futures Game on Sunday, July 15. The Home Run Derby will take place Monday, July 16 with the participants will be announced later this week. The festivities conclude with the 89th annual All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 17.

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