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Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

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The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN.

American League Starters

C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals

2B – Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

SS – Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

3B – Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

OF – Jackie Bradley, Jr., Boston Red Sox

OF – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

DH – David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

American League Reserves

C – Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics

C – Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

1B – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

2B – Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

3B – Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

SS – Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

SS – Eduardo Nunez, Minnesota Twins

OF – Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees

OF – Ian Desmond, Texas Rangers

OF – Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles

DH – Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

American League Pitchers

SP – Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

SP – Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

SP – Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers

SP – Steven Wright, Boston Red Sox

SP – Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays

RP – Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox

RP – Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles

RP – Brad Brach, Baltimore Orioles

RP – Andrew Miller, New York Yankees

RP – Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

RP – Wade Davis, Kansas City Royals

RP – Alex Colome, Tampa Bay Rays

RP – Will Harris, Houston Astros

National League Starters

C – Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

1B – Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

2B – Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs

SS – Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs

3B – Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

3B – Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

OF – Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

OF – Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets

OF – Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs

National League Reserves

C – Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals

C – Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

1B – Wil Myers, San Diego Padres

2B – Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals

3B – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

SS – Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

OF – Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds

OF – Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

OF – Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia phillies

OF – Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

National League Pitchers

SP – Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP – Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs

SP – Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

SP – Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants

SP – Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

SP – Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets

SP – Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

SP – Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

RP – Jeurys Familia, New York Mets

RP – Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers

RP – Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates

RP – Fernando Rodney, Miami Marlins

RP – A.J. Ramos, Miami Marlins

Discuss the snubs in the comments. I’ll get you started: Jake Lamb.

 

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.