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Yay! It's the 2010 All-Star Selection Show…

Jul 4, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

Major League Baseball is announcing its All-Star teams this afternoon on TBS. The squads, as they are revealed...

Major League Baseball is announcing its All-Star teams this afternoon on TBS.  The squads, as they are revealed:

American League Starters

C Joe Mauer
1B Justin Morneau
2B Robinson Cano
3B Evan Longoria
SS Derek Jeter
OF Ichiro Suzuki
OF Josh Hamilton
OF Carl Crawford
DH Vladimir Guerrero

National League Starters

C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
2B Chase Utley   injured, will not play
3B David Wright
SS Hanley Ramirez
OF Ryan Braun
OF Jason Heyward   injured, might not play
OF Andre Ethier

Notes

Utley was voted in by the fans, but will not be available due to right thumb surgery.  The Braves’ Martin Prado will start in his place.  Heyward is questionable with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb.

AL Pitching Staff

SP CC Sabathia
SP Clay Buchholz
SP Fausto Carmona
SP David Price
SP Phil Hughes
SP Jon Lester
SP Cliff Lee
SP Trevor Cahill
RP Neftali Feliz
RP Mariano Rivera
RP Matt Thornton
RP Jose Valverde
RP Joakim Soria

NL Picthing Staff

SP Roy Halladay
SP Ubaldo Jimenez
SP Josh Johnson
SP Tim Lincecum
SP Tim Hudson
SP Adam Wainwright
SP Chris Carpenter
SP Yovani Gallardo
RP Jonathan Broxton
RP Arthur Rhodes
RP Brian Wilson
RP Evan Meek
RP Matt Capps

Notes

That’s a first-time selection for Rhodes, 40, and very much deserved.  He has a 1.09 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in 37 appearances out of the Reds’ bullpen this season.

You’ll notice that Stephen Strasburg did not make the cut.  He will not be part of the “Final Vote” either.

American League Reserves

IF Ty Wigginton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
1B Miguel Cabrera
OF Torii Hunter
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Elvis Andrus
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Jose Bautista
C John Buck
OF Vernon Wells

National League Reserves

OF Chris Young
IF Omar Infante
C Brian McCann
2B Martin Prado
OF Marlon Byrd
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Scott Rolen
OF Michael Bourn
OF Corey Hart
SS Jose Reyes
1B Ryan Howard
OF Matt Holliday
1B Adrian Gonzalez

Notes

It’s fairly disappointing that Reds first baseman Joey Votto did not make the cut, but he will almost certainly be a part of the NL’s “Final Vote.”  With a .988 OPS, 19 home runs and 57 RBI, he deserves to be on this squad.

Infante is a questionable pick, but National League manager Charlie Manuel told the TBS crew that he wanted a few guys who can get on base and lay down bunts.  He’s thinking about bringing a little small ball to Anaheim.

  1. Mark L Smith - Jul 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    I’m a huge Braves fan, and I can’t get over the Infante pick. I mean, I love the guy more than most, but I still don’t think there’s a single reason to have brought him over some other guys.

  2. davidc45629 - Jul 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Glad the Braves got the respect they deserved. Props to Charlie Manuel.

  3. arnmsctt - Jul 4, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    He wants people who can get on base but he picks Ryan Howard over Joey Votto? What a bunch of crap. Congrats to Arthur, BP, and Rolen though.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 4, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Damn, slept through it again….

  5. I'veGottaSignInNow?*Sighs* - Jul 4, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Mike Pelfrey anyone?

  6. beezo - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    For the most part, I think the starters are pretty solid picks. Apperantly all the philly phans got tired of voting for rollins and polanco. I’m gonna make the case for a few dodgers, although I realize there are a lot of potential snubs from other teams. Clayton kershaw- 3rd most K’s in the NL, better ERA than lincecum, aside from the 14 runs of run support he got in his shutout effort last night, has been a victim of poor run support. Rafael furcal-hitting over 330. Hong chih kuo, has not allowed a single hit to a left handed batter this season, and righties are hitting just .175 against for a total baa of .120

  7. andrewlw - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Buck is a pleasant surprise.

  8. havegunwilltrav - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I’m glad to see that this STRASBURG fellow did not make the team based on popularity rather than merit also i sincerely hope that JOEY VOTTO makes the the team based on merit for it would be an injustice to him and major league baseball if he does not make the team.

  9. theken13 - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Uhm, where’s Weaver?

  10. waffenman - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    How on earth can Michael Bourn, 1hr, 20rbi be chosen as a reserve over Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies. Carlos has 14hr and 51rbi’s and there is no equal in the field either fielding or throwing. He is a real talent and politics ruins the game when someone like CArlos is overlooked. compare his states to Holliday, Bird, etc as other reserves. He will be a superstart and every hit off is back is a line drive.

  11. Ditto65 - Jul 4, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    This is a travesty. Strasburg has come through for the Nats time and again (twice, exactly), and has carried his team through spring training and the first half of this season – err – or at least a couple of weeks. To leave this decorated pitching hero off the roster is an insult to all hard working rookies that have been toiling away in the majors for almost a month! I think Bud Selig should review this process so this kid – a proven pitcher with 6 starts – gets a fair shake to start the All-Star game.

  12. MerkleBoner - Jul 4, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    At least 1 all-star from every team dude. Also Gonzalez hardly deserves a spot on the All Star roster as long as guys like Josh Willingham, Andres Torres, Angel Pagan and Andrew McCutchen are overlooked in the outfield. Gonzalez ranks 21st among NL outfielders in WAR (Bourn is 18th interestingly enough). Honestly, Bourne leads the major leagues in outfield assists and has a higher UZR than Gonzalez so you’re right, there is no equal, Bourne has been much better in the field. As for RBI’s, it’s a lot easier to get those when you’re batting third for the Rockies than when you’re the leadoff hitter on the Astros.

  13. scatterbrian - Jul 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    It must be the walks, because two of Infante’s nine walks this season have come against the Phillies. Unless Cholly was watching the Braves/White Sox game where Infante had his one sacrifice hit? Applesauce.

  14. walk - Jul 4, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Sorta glad omar infante got picked but braves will have issues paying him in the future. Kinda of a dagger to the payroll.

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