MLB All–Star Starting Rosters Revealed With Young Stars, Veterans, And Other Surprises
Baseball took things along a new route this year when deciding which players deserved All–Star honors roughly halfway through this MLB season, as new system involving elimination stages offered a new approach for fans wishing to vote in their favorite players. Alongside the new system, new faces highlight the starting roster this year, which the league released earlier this week. Although many players poised to start the mid–summer classic this year raised some eyebrows after their surprise electoral victories, multiple familiar faces fill in nicely for both the AL and NL’s rosters.
With that said, the 2019 American League MLB All–Star starters are as follows.
C –Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
1B – Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
2B – DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees
SS – Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins
3B – Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF – George Springer, Houston Astros
OF – Michael Brantley, Houston Astros
DH – Hunter Pence, Texas Rangers
Players such as Santana and Polanco likely felt the most joy once the news broke, as they achieve their first ever All–Star appearances. Pence’s selection surprised many throughout the league as most saw the 36–year old veteran’s advancement to the voting’s final round riding only on sympathy and respect for the aged star . On the contrary, Trout appears as the clear veteran amongst the group, as this marks his eighth All–Star appearance, adding to a resume far larger than his teammates. Brantley and Pence both follow behind Trout, however a with a large gap as the this year’s selection brings their All–Star game totals up to just four each.
I am overjoyed to start in this All-Star Game! Thank you all so much for the support and thank you to everyone who voted. I look forward to giving it my all, it’s what I love to do! @losrangers @Rangers @MLB
— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) June 28, 2019
The National League’s best fill out their roster with the following players.
C – Wilson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
1B – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
2B – Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks
SS – Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
3B – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
OF – Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
OF – Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF – Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves
Acuna Jr. brings youth to this national league squad, as he’s the youngest selected All–Star and making his first appearance. Marte joins Acuna Jr. as another new–comer to the big game, also as perhaps its biggest surprise as few predicted such excellence from him during this season’s early stages. Arenado tops off the list, as his selection this year marks his fifth, poising to serve as the Colorado’s only starting representative at the game.
. @FreddieFreeman5 was the only Braves infielder to be named a starter in the National League for the MLB All- Star Game, still waiting to find out about the outfield. pic.twitter.com/ROh2AddU8T
— Alison Mastrangelo (@AlisonWSB) June 27, 2019
“My people, thank you so much. I want to thank everyone who voted for me. You all helped me a lot to be at the All-Star Game as a starter. I truly appreciate you all, each and every fan, I love you all.”
-Ketel Marte pic.twitter.com/yOlg0qgsQx
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 28, 2019
With All–Star game reserves still unannounced, other players snubbed from the honor to play amongst the league’s best still possess a chance to participate at Cleveland’s Progressive Field once the All–Star break rolls around. The All–Star game itself, as well as other events such as the Home Run Derby and Celebrity Softball Game begin Sunday, July 7.
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