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Freddie Freeman, José Altuve highlight 2018 All-Star Game rosters

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The 2018 All-Star Game rosters for the American and National Leagues were just unveiled. The “Midsummer Classic” will be held at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

American League Starters

CWilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays

1B – José Abreu, Chicago White Sox

2B – José Altuve, Houston Astros

SSManny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

3B – José Ramírez, Cleveland Indians

OFMookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

OFAaron Judge, New York Yankees

OFMike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

DHJ.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox

Altuve, now a six-time All-Star, led all players in votes with over 4.84 million.

The AL starters don’t have any first-timers. Ramos, Abreu, Ramírez, Judge, and Martinez are each attending their second All-Star Game.

American League Reserves

C – Salvador Pérez, Kansas City Royals

1BMitch Moreland, Boston Red Sox

2BGleyber Torres, New York Yankees

SSFrancisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

3BAlex Bregman, Houston Astros

OFMichael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

OFShin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers

OFMitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners

OFGeorge Springer, Houston Astros

DHNelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

American League Pitchers

SPTrevor Bauer (R), Cleveland Indians

SP – José Berrios (R), Minnesota Twins

SPGerrit Cole (R), Houston Astros

SPJ.A. Happ (L), Toronto Blue Jays

SPCorey Kluber (R), Cleveland Indians

SPChris Sale (L), Boston Red Sox

SPLuis Severino (R), New York Yankees

SPJustin Verlander (R), Houston Astros

RPAroldis Chapman (L), New York Yankees

RP – Edwin Díaz (R), Seatlte Mariners

RP – Joe Jiménez (R), Detroit Tigers

RPCraig Kimbrel (R), Boston Red Sox

RPBlake Treinen (R), Oakland Athletics

National League Starters

CWillson Contreras, Chicago Cubs

1BFreddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

2B – Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs

SSBrandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants

3BNolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

OFNick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

OFBryce Harper, Washington Nationals

OFMatt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

Freeman led the National League in All-Star votes with over four million.

This will be the first All-Star Game for Contreras, Báez, and Markakis. Markakis played in a record 1,928 games before being named to his first All-Star Game.

National League Reserves

CBuster Posey, San Francisco Giants

CJ.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins

1BPaul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

1BJoey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

2BOzzie Albies, Atlanta Braves

2BScooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds

SSTrevor Story, Colorado Rockies

3B – Eugenio Suárez, Cincinnati Reds

OFCharlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

OFLorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers

OFChristian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

National League Pitchers

SPAaron Nola (R), Philadelphia Phillies

SPMax Scherzer (R), Washington Nationals

SPJon Lester (L), Chicago Cubs

SPJacob deGrom (R), New York Mets

SPPatrick Corbin (L), Arizona Diamondbacks

SPMiles Mikolas (R), St. Louis Cardinals

SPMike Foltynewicz (R), Atlanta Braves

RPSean Doolittle (L), Washington Nationals

RPJosh Hader (L), Milwaukee Brewers

RP – Felipe Vázquez (L), Pittsburgh Pirates

RPKenley Jansen (R), Los Angeles Dodgers

RPBrad Hand (L), San Diego Padres

As always, these rosters are anything but locked in. At least a handful of players will drop out due to injuries, so if you feel a deserving player was snubbed, fear not — there’s a decent chance he will make the roster in due time.

Some current snubs include Brandon Nimmo, Jesús Aguilar, Trea Turner, Brandon Belt, Ross Stripling, Jeremy Jeffress and Adam Ottavino in the NL, and Andrelton Simmons, Eddie Rosario, Jed Lowrie, Andrew Benintendi, Blake Snell, James Paxton, Charlie Morton, Collin McHugh, and Héctor Rondón in the AL.

Marlins unveil what they’re putting in the space where the home run sculpture used to be

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Not long after the new ownership group bought the Miami Marlins, face of the franchise Derek Jeter made it clear that he wanted the home runs sculpture beyond the outfield fence gone. In October they announced that it would, in fact, be moving out to a plaza or the parking lot or someplace you’re unlikely to ever see it because who goes to Marlins games?

Today we got a tease of what the Marlins are doing with the space the sculpture is vacating:

It was only a matter of time before that green wall went away. There are a lot of things I like about the overall aesthetic of Marlins Park, but almost all of them are because of their novelty. Jeff Loria was bad for a lot of reasons, but one of the few good things he did was eschew nostalgia and traditionalism with the ballpark. Nostalgia and traditionalism, unfortunately, is the straw that stirs baseball’s drink, so any “weird” colors or flourishes were gonna be beat out of that place as the years went on. It was inevitable.

As for the “three-tier social space,” here’s hoping that tickets for it are cheap or the Marlins start winning ballgames soon, because the Marlins can’t really fill their existing spectator spaces now.