All-Star rosters announced

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The rosters for the 80th Midsummer Classic were just released. Here’s a breakdown of the two squads.

National League:

Starters: Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Hanley Ramirez, David Wright, Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Beltran

Reserves: Brian McCann, Prince
Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Orlando Hudson, Freddy Sanchez,
Miguel Tejada, Ryan Zimmerman, Brad Hawpe, Hunter Pence, Justin Upton

Pitchers: Heath Bell, Chad
Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Cain, Francisco Cordero, Ryan
Franklin, Dan Haren, Josh Johnson, Ted Lilly, Tim Lincecum, Jason
Marquis, Francisco Rodriguez, Johan Santana

American League:

Starters: Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, Dustin Pedroia, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Jason Bay, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton

Reserves: Victor Martinez,
Justin Morneau, Kevin Youkilis, Aaron Hill, Jason Bartlett, Michael
Young, Carl Crawford, Curtis Granderson, Torii Hunter, Adam Jones, Ben
Zobrist

Pitchers: Andrew Bailey, Josh
Beckett, Mark Buehrle, Brian Fuentes, Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, Felix
Hernandez, Edwin Jackson, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Mariano
Rivera, Justin Verlander, Tim Wakefield

Anybody you think got snubbed? Vote in our poll.

BBWAA votes to make all Hall of Fame ballots public beginning next year

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In addition to naming the Spink Award winner this morning, the Baseball Writers Association of America voted today to make all Hall of Fame ballots public beginning with next year’s vote for the 2018 induction class.

As of now, writers are encouraged to make their votes public and, if they do, they are placed on the BBWAA website. They are not required to, however, and a great many Hall of Fame voters do not. While ballot secrecy is laudable in politics, the Hall of Fame vote brings with it a fundamentally different set of concerns and sentiment has increasingly favored transparency, as opposed to secrecy when it comes to the Hall of Fame.

While some in opposition to this move may claim that public ballots will only lead to criticism, our view is that if you can’t handle some reasonable criticism over your Hall of Fame ballot, you probably need to get out of the business of making history, which is what voting for the Hall of Fame really is.

The Yankee2 to retire Derek Jeter’2 number next 2ea2on

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RE2PECT: The Yankees just announced that they will retire Derek Jeter’s number 2 next season. The ceremony will take place on May 14, 2017 at Yankee Stadium.

With Jeter’s number 2 retired the Yankees will have retired 21 numbers. Twenty-two if you count number 8 twice, given that it was retired for both Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey. They also have retired 42 twice, once for Jackie Robinson, which every team has retired, and once for Mariano Rivera who donned 42 before the league-wide retirement of the number. The Yankees will also have put every single-digit number on the shelf. Except for zero, anyway, which no Yankees player has ever worn.

The retired pinstripes break down as follows:

1 Billy Martin
3 Babe Ruth
4 Lou Gehrig
5 Joe DiMaggio
6 Joe Torre
7 Mickey Mantle
8 Yogi Berra
8 Bill Dickey
9 Roger Maris
10 Phil Rizzuto
15 Thurman Munson
16 Whitey Ford
20 Jorge Posada
23 Don Mattingly
32 Elston Howard
37 Casey Stengel
42 Mariano Rivera
44 Reggie Jackson
46 Andy Pettitte
49 Ron Guidry
51 Bernie Williams