The MLB has announced the AL and NL squads for the league's 83rd All-Star game, which will be held on July 10th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
While the gravity of the Midsummer classic has been hotly debated--especially over the past decade--the honor of being considered among the league's best has always been a vital barometer in determining player legacies and HOF potential. The rosters for this year feature quite a lot of Rangers, Yankees, and Giants. Among those not appearing on this list include free-agent mega-man Albert Pujols, whose horrendous start was apparently too much to overcome. This is the second straight year Pujols, considered by many the league's best player on this side of the year 2000, has failed to make the All-Star Game.
Below are the rosters. Note that the "final selection" of the 34-men rosters will be chosen exclusively by fans. Mainstay Chipper Jones and clown-question deflector Bryce Harper are both final selection candidates for the National League. Should be very interesting to see how that particular battle plays out.
C: Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers
1B: Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
2B: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
SS: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
3B: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
OF: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
OF: Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
OF: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Boson Red Sox
Pitchers: Matt Harrison, Rangers; Joe Nathan, Rangers; Felix Hernandez, Mariners; Ryan Cook, A's; Justin Verlander, Tigers; CC Sabathia, Yankees (will miss game); C.J. Wilson, Angels; Jered Weaver, Angels; Jim Johnson, Orioles; Chris Sale, White Sox; Chris Perez, Indians; Fernando Rodney, Rays; David Price, Rays
Bench: Matt Wieters, Orioles; Joe Mauer, Twins; Paul Kornerko, White Sox; Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians; Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; Elvis Andrus, Rangers; Ian Kinsler, Rangers; Mark Trumbo, Angels; Adam Jones, Orioles; Adam Dunn, White Sox; Mike Trout, Angels; Billy Butler, Royals
Final Vote Candidates: Jonathan Broxton, Royals; Yu Darvish, Rangers; Ernesto Frieri, Angels; Jason Hammel, Orioles; Jake Peavy, White Sox
C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
1B: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
2B: Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves
SS: Rafael Furcal, St. Louis Cardinals
3B: Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
OF: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF: Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals
OF: Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants
Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Craig Kimbrel, Braves; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; Gio Gonzalez, Nationals; Stephen Strasburg; Cole Hamels, Phillies; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Wade Miley, Diamondbacks; R.A. Dickey, Mets; Lance Lynn, Cardinals; Joel Hanrahan, Pirates; Huston Street, Padres; Matt Cain, Giants.
Bench: Carlos Ruiz, Phillies; Yadier Molina, Cardinals; Starlin Castro, Cubs; Bryan LaHair, Cubs; Jose Altuve, Astros; David Wright, Mets; Ian Desmond, Nationals; Jay Bruce, Reds; Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies; Ryan Braun, Brewers; Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Final Vote Candidates: Michael Bourn, Braves; David Freese, Cardinals; Bryce Harper, Nationals; Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks; Chipper Jones, Braves