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Here are your 2017 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

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The 2017 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Marlins at Marlins Park on July 11. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN.

American League Starters

C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

1B – Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays

2B – Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

SS – Carlos Correa, Houston Astros

3B – Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians

OF – Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

OF – George Springer, Houston Astros

DH – Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays

American League Reserves

C – Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees

1B – Yonder Alonso, Oakland Athletics

2B – Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles

2B – Starlin Castro, New York Yankees

SS – Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

3B – Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins

OF – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

OF – Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

OF – Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox

DH – Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

American League Pitchers

SP – Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

SP – Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins

SP – Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals

SP – Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

SP – Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

SP – Lance McCullers, Houston Astros

SP – Luis Severino, New York Yankees

SP – Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

SP – Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers

RP – Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians

RP – Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox

RP – Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

National League Starters

C – Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

1B – Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

2B – Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals

SS – Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

3B – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

OF – Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

OF – Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

OF – Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

National League Reserves

C – Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

1B – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

2B – D.J. LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

SS – Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

3B – Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks

3B – Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates

OF – Michael Conforto, New York Mets

OF – Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

OF – Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves

OF – Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

National League Pitchers

SP – Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP – Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

SP – Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals

SP – Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks

SP – Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks

SP – Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

RP – Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers

RP – Greg Holland, Colorado Rockies

RP – Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs

RP – Brad Hand, San Diego Padres

RP – Pat Neshek, Philadelphia Phillies

RP – Corey Knebel, Milwaukee Brewers

Here are all the teams listed by number of All-Stars:

  • Five: Yankees, Indians, Astros, nationals
  • Four: Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers
  • Three: Red Sox
  • Two: Reds, Twins, Cardinals, Royals, Marlins
  • One: Rangers, Brewers, Athletics, Cubs, Pirates, Giants, Rays, Blue Jays, Mariners, Braves, Phillies, Tigers, Mets, White Sox, Angels, Orioles, Padres

Each league will add one more player through the Final Vote. Stick around to find out which 10 players made the Final Vote.

Feel free to discuss the players you felt are deserving or undeserving in the comments.

Tony Clark: among players, the universal DH “is gaining momentum”

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Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark met the press late this morning and covered a wide array of topics.

One of them: free agency, which he referred to as being “under attack” based on the slow market for free agents last offseason.

“What the players saw last offseason was that their free-agent rights were under attack on what has been the bedrock of our system,” Clark said. He added that they “have some very difficult decisions to make.” Presumably in the form of grievances and, down the road, a negotiating strategy that seeks to claw back some of the many concessions the union has given owners in the past few Collective Bargaining Agreements. CBAs, it’s worth noting, that Clark negotiated. We’ve covered that territory in detail in the past.

Of more immediate interest was Clark’s comment that the idea of a universal designated hitter is, among players, “gaining momentum.” Clark says “players are talking about it more than they have in the past.” We’ve talked a lot about that as well.

Given that hating or loving the DH is the closest thing baseball has to a religion, no one’s mind is going to be changed by any of this, but I think, practically speaking, it’s inevitable that the National League will have the DH and I think it happens relatively soon. Perhaps in the next five years. The opposition to it at this point is solely subjective and based on tradition. People like pitchers batting and they like double switches and they like the leagues being different because they, well, like it. If the system were being set up today, however, they’d never have it this way and I think even the DH-haters know that well. That doesn’t mean that you can’t dislike a universal DH, but it does mean that you can’t expect the people who run the game to cater to that preference when it makes little sense for them to do it for their own purposes.

Anyway: enjoy convincing each other in the comments about how the side of that argument you dislike is wrong.