The 2017 All-Star Game will be played on July 11th in Miami, Florida at Marlins Park. Today the MLB announced the All-Star Game rosters along with the Final Vote candidates.
* Denotes first All-Star Game appearance
American League Starters: National League Starters:
C: Salvador Perez, Royals C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Justin Smoak, Blue Jays* 1B: Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros 2B: Daniel Murphy, Nationals
SS: Carlos Correa, Astros * SS: Zack Cozart, Reds *
3B: Jose Ramirez, Indians * 3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees * OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
OF: Mike Trout, Angels OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
OF: George Springer, Astros * OF: Marcell Ozuna, Marlins
DH: Corey Dickerson, Rays *
American League Reserves: National League Reserves:
C: Gary Sanchez, Yankees * C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Yonder Alonso, Athletics * 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B: Starlin Castro, Yankees 1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Jonathan Schoop, Orioles * 2B: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
3B: Miguel Sano, Twins * 2B: Josh Harrison, Pirates
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians 3B: Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks *
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox SS: Corey Seager, Dodgers
OF: Avisail Garcia, White Sox * OF: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers *
OF: Michael Brantley, Indians OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners OF: Michael Conforto, Mets *
OF: Ender Inciarte, Braves *
American League Pitchers: National League Pitchers:
SP: Chris Sale, Red Sox SP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
SP: Dallas Keuchel, Astros SP: Max Scherzer, Nationals
SP: Ervin Santana, Twins SP: Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks *
SP: Jason Vargas, Royals * SP: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks
SP: Luis Severino, Yankees * SP: Carlos Martinez, Cardinals
SP: Yu Darvish, Rangers SP: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
SP: Michael Fulmer, Tigers * RP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
SP: Corey Kluber, Indians RP: Greg Holland, Rockies
SP: Lance McCullers Jr., Astros * RP: Wade Davis, Cubs
RP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox RP: Brad Hand, Padres *
RP: Andrew Miller, Indians RP: Corey Knebel, Brewers *
RP: Dellin Betances, Yankees RP: Pat Neshek, Phillies
Final Vote Candidates:
American League: National League:
Elvis Andrus, Rangers Justin Bour, Marlins
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox Kris Bryant, Cubs
Didi Gregorius, Yankees Anthony Rendon, Nationals
Logan Morrison, Rays Mark Reynolds, Rockies
Mike Moustakas, Royals Justin Turner, Dodgers
American League Surprises:
Michael Brantley, Indians
Yes, he is hitting over .300, but that is all that pops out when you look at his numbers. He only has 5 HR and 31 RBIs on the season. Look at the AL outfielder right above him in average and he is more deserving. Josh Reddick is batting .309 with 8 HR and 33 RBIs. All better numbers than Brantley.
Luis Severino, Yankees
Severino is looking like the pitcher the Yankees hoped he could be. However, I do not believe his numbers are All-Star worthy. He has only 5 wins on the year to go with 4 losses. He is top 5 in the AL in strikeouts and his ERA is only a tick above 3.50. Those are not All-Star numbers to me. Carlos Carrasco (9-3 record, 1.05 WHIP, 3.50 ERA) is more deserving.
National League Surprises:
Michael Conforto, Mets
This will be my first point for the next two players. I understand each team needs at least one representative in the All-Star Game, but is this the right player from the Mets? Conforto is having a very good bounce back year, even though he has slowed down after a hot start. However, I would have taken Jay Bruce or even Yoenis Cespedes over Conforto as the Mets’ representative.
Josh Harrison, Pirates
If you compare Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen’s numbers, most people would say McCutchen deserves it more. I would have to agree. Harrison is batting .288 with 9 homers and 27 runs batted in. On the other hand, McCutchen is batting .282 with 14 homers and 47 runs batted in. McCutchen has 20 more runs batted in! Come on MLB.
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
No, no, no. He does not deserve it at all. The strikeout total is top ten and so are the wins. However, the wins are also half to do with being on a good team. Antonio Senzatela has the same amount of wins as Strasburg, does that make him an All-Star as well? If you can make a case that other players deserve it more than you, then you do not deserve to be on the team. Alex Wood, Jacob deGrom and Gio Gonzalez deserve it more.
American League Snubs:
Elvis Andrus, Rangers
Elvin Andrus should not have to win the final vote to get in. He should be on this team. His case is simple: Andrus is the only American League SS to be top 3 in hits, doubles, homers, runs batted in, stolen bases, and batting average. What more does the guy need to do?
Chris Devenski, Astros
Arguably one of the best relievers in the game is left off the American League roster. He could easily replace one of those starting pitchers (Luis Severino). Devenski, once again a relief pitcher, has only one less win than Severino. He also leads all American League relief pitchers in strikeouts, while sporting a 2.23 ERA.
National League Snubs:
Felipe Rivero, Pirates
Once again a relief pitcher having a better season than a starting pitcher (Stephen Strasburg) that has been selected. Felipe Rivero has been one of the best National League relievers this year. He is second in the NL in ERA and WHIP, while being top 4 in strikeouts among NL relievers.
Justin Turner, Dodgers
For all players across the entire league with at least 200 at-bats, Justin Turner has the highest average. However, he has to win the final vote to be an All-Star. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense …