The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper accrued the most votes on the National League side with close to 14 million. Buster Posey finished second with just shy of 10 million votes.
- C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
- 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
- 2B: Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
- 3B: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
- SS: Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
- OF: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
- OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
- OF: Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
Stanton and Holliday are both on the disabled list at the moment. Holliday, however, says he intends to play in the All-Star Game, per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch. Stanton is out four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist.
Josh Donaldson was the American League’s leading vote-getter with over 14 million votes. That sets a new single-season record for votes, according to Baseball Tonight.
- C: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
- 1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
- 2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
- 3B: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
- SS: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
- OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
- OF: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
- OF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
- DH: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
Only four starters for the Royals. Seems a little light. No Omar Infante?!
Josh Hamilton is back from the disabled list and to make room for his return to the active roster the Rangers have demoted top prospect Joey Gallo to Triple-A.
Hamilton played just seven games for the Rangers before hurting his hamstring, which knocked him out for four weeks. He hit well in that brief showing, coming back from shoulder surgery, drug and alcohol relapses, and a trade from the Angels to hit .273 with two homers and a 1.021 OPS.
Oh, and this is fun: Hamilton and the Rangers play the Angels this weekend.
Gallo was initially called up to replace the injured Adrian Beltre at third base and then shifted to left field when Beltre returned. He started out hot and then went into a slump, hitting .218 with five homers and a .754 OPS in 25 games. His batting average was ugly and as expected Gallo struck out a ton, but a 21-year-old posting a .754 OPS in his first taste of the majors is plenty impressive. His power potential is unmatched and he’ll be back in the second half.
In the meantime, Gallo has the second-most strikeouts in MLB history through any hitter’s first 25 career games:
Javier Baez 46
Joey Gallo 43
Giancarlo Stanton 41
George Springer 39
Brett Jackson 39
Today is the final All-Star game voting update for the National League before the starters are announced Sunday and it looks like only two spots are still realistically up for grabs.
Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals has a narrow lead over Todd Frazier of the Reds at third base and Matt Holliday of the Cardinals has a narrow lead over Norichika Aoki of the Giants for the third outfielder spot. Of course, Aoki has a fractured fibula, Holliday may still be on the disabled list for the All-Star game, and the second-ranked outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, is out for two months with a wrist injury. So … who knows.
Here are the position-by-position numbers: