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Brewers Aguilar, Mariners Segura earn Camping World Final Vote for 2018 MLB All-Star Game

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Rosters now feature 28 first-timers, 24 foreign-born all-stars

 

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura were voted by the fans as the winners of the 2018 Camping World All-Star Final Vote, it was announced earlier this evening on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight. Aguilar and Segura earned the final roster spots on the National League and American League All-Star teams through online voting on MLB.com, the 30 Club sites and mobile devices. Now in its 17th season, the All-Star Final Vote has recorded over 845 million votes.

Aguilar drew 20.2 million votes en route to securing his first Midsummer Classic selection. His vote total marked the second-highest total ever in a Final Vote, behind only Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers (20.8 million in 2017). The 28-year-old native of Venezuela was followed in the NL Final Vote by Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants, Max Muncy of the Dodgers, Trea Turner of the host Washington Nationals and Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Aguilar, who is tied for the NL lead with 23 home runs, joins his teammates Lorenzo Cain, Josh Hader and Christian Yelich as Brewers selected to the NL All-Star roster. Since the All-Star Final Vote began in 2002, Aguilar is now the third Brewers player to win the competition, following Geoff Jenkins (2003) and Corey Hart (2008).

Segura will make his second trip to the All-Star Game (also 2013) after receiving 13.6 million votes in the Final Vote competition. The 28-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was followed in the AL Final Vote by Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox, Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees, Eddie Rosario of the Minnesota Twins and Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels. Segura, who ranks second in the Majors with 116 hits, becomes the fourth Mariners player on the AL roster, joining teammates Nelson Cruz, Edwin Díaz and Mitch Haniger. In addition, Segura is the first Mariners player to ever come out on top of an All-Star Final Vote.

With the new All-Star appointments, there are now 28 first-time All-Stars (12 AL, 16 NL), 29 players (16 AL, 13 NL) age 27-or-younger and 24 foreign-born players (15 AL, 9 NL) on the 2018 All-Star rosters. The 24 foreign-born players include players from Venezuela (8), Puerto Rico (6), the Dominican Republic (4), Cuba (2), Curaçao (2), Canada (1) and South Korea (1).

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Umpires, coaches, official scorers announced for 2018 MLB All-Star Game

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Ted Barrett to Serve as Crew Chief at 89th Midsummer Classic; Nationals manager Martinez, Rockies skipper Black appointed as NL Coaches; Rays manager Cash, former Astros coach Dauer to serve as AL Coaches

 

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Ted Barrett, a 20-year Major League umpire, will call balls and strikes and will serve as the Crew Chief at Baseball’s 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 17th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

Barrett will work his second Midsummer Classic following his 2007 assignment at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. He has worked three World Series, eight League Championship Series, eight Division Series and four Wild Card Games, and his 100 career Postseason games are tied for seventh-most all-time. Barrett’s crew will include Jim Reynolds (first base), Alfonso Marquez (second base), Andy Fletcher (third base), Mike Muchlinski (left field) and Cory Blaser (right field). This will mark the second career All-Star assignment for Reynolds (2004), Marquez (2006) and Fletcher (2005), and the first for Muchlinski and Blaser. The Replay Official who will be based in the Replay Operations Center at MLB Advanced Media during the 2018 All-Star Game will be Marvin Hudson, a 20-year Major League Umpire. Hudson worked the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston.

The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Malachi Moore (home plate) of the Texas League, who is a product of the umpiring program at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California; Venezuelan native Edwin Moscoso (first base) of the Southern League; Kyle McCrady (second base) of the Texas League; and John Mang (third base) of the Eastern League. All four umpires will be on the field for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 16th. Moscoso and McCrady also will be a part of Sunday’s All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.

National League All-Star manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers has invited manager Dave Martinez of the host Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black to join his NL staff. Martinez, who played 16 seasons in the Majors, is in his first season at the helm of the Nationals. As Joe Maddon’s bench coach, he served on the AL coaching staff at the 2009 Midsummer Classic in St. Louis and on the NL coaching staff at last year’s All-Star Game in Miami. Black, who played parts of 15 seasons in the Majors, was invited to coach on Clint Hurdle’s staff at the 2008 Midsummer Classic at Yankee Stadium and on Charlie Manuel’s staff at the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim. In addition, Black was part of Mike Scioscia’s Angels’ coaching staff at the 2003 Midsummer Classic in Chicago. Roberts’ Dodgers staff — including assistant hitting coach Brant Brown, bench coach Bob Geren, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first base coach George Lombard, assistant hitting coach Luis Ortiz, bullpen coach Mark Prior, hitting coach Turner Ward and third base coach Chris Woodward — also will coach the NL. Paul Lessard, director of athletic training for the Nationals, Paul Navarro, assistant athletic trainer of the San Diego Padres, and Pete Prinzi, strength and conditioning coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, will tend to the NL All-Stars.

American League All-Star Manager AJ Hinch of the Houston Astros has invited manager Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays to join his AL staff, as well as Rich Dauer, who served as first base coach of the Astros during the Club’s 2017 World Series-winning season. Dauer, who spent 10 seasons in the Majors as a player and 19 seasons as a coach, has made a full recovery after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an acute subdural hematoma following the team’s celebration parade last November. Cash, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Rays, will make his second consecutive trip to the Midsummer Classic after joining Terry Francona’s staff in Miami last year. Hinch’s Astros staff – including second hitting coach Jeff Albert, first base coach Alex Cintron, bench coach Joe Espada, hitting coach Dave Hudgens, third base coach Gary Pettis, pitching coach Brent Strom and bullpen coach Doug White – will also work with the AL All-Stars. Steve Donohue, head athletic trainer of the New York Yankees, Kyle Turner, assistant athletic trainer of the Kansas City Royals, and James Clifford, Major League performance specialist for the Seattle Mariners, will round out the AL staff.

The official scorer for the 2018 All-Star Game will be MLB’s Washington, DC-based scorer Ben Trittipoe. MLB DC-based official scorer Dennis Hetrick will have scoring duties for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

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MLB All-Star Game starters announced

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Reigning American League MVP Jose Altuve is MLB’s leading vote-getter

 

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the game’s leading vote-getter, and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, to be played on Tuesday, July 17th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The 2018 American League and National League All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “2018 Camping World All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN.

For the fourth consecutive season, MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program was conducted exclusively online. The AL All-Star Team has nine elected starters via the fan vote, while the NL All-Star Team has eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 23 for the NL and 22 for the AL – are determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by Major League Baseball.

Altuve received 4,849,630 votes, becoming the first Astros player ever to lead the Majors in All-Star balloting, and the first second baseman to do so since Alfonso Soriano of the Texas Rangers in 2004. Altuve, the reigning AL Most Valuable Player, has now been fan-elected in each of the last four seasons and he will make his sixth trip overall to the Midsummer Classic. The Puerto Cabello, Venezuela native joins Hall of Famer Rod Carew (six straight, 1970-75), Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (four straight, 1991-94; five straight, 1996-2000) and Robinson Canó (five straight, 2010-14) as the only AL second basemen to win four consecutive fan elections. The 28-year-old entered play on Sunday with a Major League-best 121 hits along with a .339 batting average, eight home runs, 23 doubles, 43 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

Freeman, now a three-time All-Star (2013-14), earns his first fan-elected start after garnering 4,039,219 votes to become the first Atlanta player to lead the NL in fan voting since Dale Murphy led the Majors in 1985. The 28-year-old Freeman is now just the third Braves first baseman to win a fan election, joining Hall of Famer Hank Aaron (1973) and Fred McGriff (1995-96). Freeman entered play today leading all Major League first basemen with a .310 batting average and 105 hits to go along with 16 home runs, 58 RBI, 56 runs scored and 23 doubles on the season.

Joining Freeman on the NL squad is his teammate Nick Markakis, who led all NL outfielders with 3,556,469 votes. It marks the first time two Braves players have been elected to the starting lineup since 2003, when outfielder Gary Sheffield and second baseman Marcus Giles won fan elections. Markakis, in his 13th Major League season, is an All-Star for the first time in his career, and he is the first Braves outfielder to draw a starting assignment since Jason Heyward in 2010. Markakis, who has 2,164 career hits, entered Sunday with an NL-best 112 hits on the season to go along with 27 doubles, 10 home runs, 59 RBI, 54 runs scored and a .324 batting average. He is joined in the NL outfield by Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2,930,353) and Bryce Harper of the hometown Washington Nationals (2,335,733). The 33-year-old Kemp is making his third trip to the Midsummer Classic, all of which have come via fan elections following starts in 2011 and 2012. He is the fifth Dodgers player to earn at least three fan elections joining Steve Garvey (7), Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (4), Ron Cey (3) and Davey Lopes (3). Kemp entered play today with a .317 batting average, 15 home runs, 57 RBI, 18 doubles and 39 runs scored. Harper, at 25 years old, is already a six-time All-Star and five-time winner of a starting assignment, becoming the first player in Expos/Nationals history to earn five fan elections. The 2015 NL MVP, who was Major League Baseball’s leading vote-getter in 2017, has now received a starting nod in four consecutive All-Star Games, becoming the first NL outfielder to accomplish the feat since Ryan Braun (2008-11). Harper, who led the NL with 73 walks entering play today, has 21 home runs, 50 RBI, 14 doubles and 55 runs scored on the season.

In the AL outfield, Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox led the way with 4,286,994 votes, followed by Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (3,682,164) and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (2,766,661). The 25-year-old Betts is an All-Star for the third consecutive season and has earned a second career starting nod along with 2016. He is the fifth Red Sox outfielder to earn multiple fan elections, joining Manny Ramirez (7), Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (5), Hall of Famer Jim Rice (4) and Fred Lynn (3). Betts, who entered play on Sunday leading the Majors with a .343 batting average, a .679 slugging percentage and a 1.112 OPS, has 22 home runs, 44 RBI, 23 doubles, 69 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. Trout earned his seventh consecutive All-Star selection and sixth straight fan-elected start becoming the first AL outfielder with six consecutive fan elections since Manny Ramirez (2001-06). With six fan elections, the two-time AL MVP is now tied with Hall of Famer Rod Carew for the most fan-elected starting assignments in Angels history. The 26-year-old entered play today with a Major League-best .455 on-base percentage and 78 walks to go along with a .312 batting average, 25 home runs, 50 RBI, 18 doubles, 68 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. Judge, the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year, received his second consecutive fan election, becoming the first Yankee to earn consecutive starts since Canó (2012-13). Since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, the 26-year-old Judge is just the third player to receive a fan-elected starting nod in his first two seasons, joining catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. (1990-91) and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001-02). Entering play today, Judge was hitting .277 with 25 home runs, 58 RBI, 18 doubles, 62 runs scored and a .573 slugging percentage.

A pair of Chicago Cubs used the final stretch of fan balloting to secure their starting jobs in the NL lineup as second baseman Javier Báez (2,757,401) surpassed Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies (2,625,401) in the final days and catcher Willson Contreras (2,172,682) held off San Francisco’s Buster Posey (1,918,966) for the top spot behind the plate. Báez, who will make his first trip to the Midsummer Classic, becomes the eighth different NL second baseman to claim a start over the last eight seasons, joining Rickie Weeks (MIL, 2011), Dan Uggla (ATL, 2012), Brandon Phillips (CIN, 2013), Chase Utley (PHI, 2014), Dee Gordon (MIA, 2015), Ben Zobrist (CHI, 2016) and Daniel Murphy (WSH, 2017). The 25-year-old Báez entered play today hitting .294 with 17 home runs, 21 doubles, 56 runs scored, 16 stolen bases and 63 RBI, which are the most RBI among Major League second basemen. Contreras is just the second Cubs catcher to win a fan election, joining Geovany Soto (2008). Since 2009, the 26-year-old backstop is one of just two catchers (also Brian McCann in 2011) to unseat Yadier Molina or Buster Posey as the fan-elected starter. Entering play today, Contreras is tied for first among all Major League catchers with 79 hits to go along with a .287 batting average, seven home runs, 34 RBI, 19 doubles and 31 runs scored.

On the AL side, Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles came out on top of a crowded field of shortstops in the closest race in the Majors, eclipsing last year’s fan-elected starter Carlos Correa of the Astros by less than 57,000 votes. Two-time All-Star Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians (1,409,887) and April’s AL Player of the Month Didi Gregorius of the Yankees (1,052,360) also finished close behind. Machado, now a four-time All-Star, will make his first fan-elected start at shortstop after winning a starting assignment at third base in 2016. The 25-year-old becomes the first Orioles shortstop to earn a start since J.J. Hardy in 2013. In addition, he is the sixth different fan-elected starting shortstop over the last six years, joining Hardy, Derek Jeter (NYY, 2014), Alcides Escobar (KC, 2015), Xander Bogaerts (BOS, 2016) and Correa (2017). Machado entered play today leading all AL shortstops with 60 RBI and a .380 on-base percentage, along with 21 home runs, 18 doubles and 43 runs scored.

Rounding out the NL starters on the left side of the infield is Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Crawford, an All-Star for the second time in his career (2015), wins a fan election for the first time and becomes the first Giants shortstop to do so since Rich Aurilia in 2001. The only other Giants shortstop to accomplish the feat was Chris Speier in 1973. Crawford is the fifth different NL shortstop to earn a start in the last five years, joining Troy Tulowitzki (COL, 2014), Jhonny Peralta (STL, 2015), Addison Russell (CHI, 2016) and Zack Cozart (CIN, 2017). Entering Sunday, Crawford led NL shortstops with a .300 batting average and a .365 on-base percentage to go along with 10 home runs, 39 RBI, 21 doubles, two triples and 39 runs scored. Arenado wins his second consecutive fan election and is now an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. The 27-year-old is just the fourth Rockies player ever to win multiple fan elections, joining Todd Helton (3), Larry Walker (3) and Tulowitzki (2). In addition, he is the first NL third baseman to win in consecutive seasons since David Wright of the New York Mets in 2009-10. Arenado entered play today leading NL third basemen with 22 home runs and 57 RBI to go along with 63 RBI and a .306 batting average.

The remainder of the AL starters includes first baseman José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, third baseman José Ramírez of the Indians, catcher Wilson Ramos of the Tampa Bay Rays and designated hitter J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox. Abreu, an All-Star during his rookie season in 2014, is the first White Sox player to win a fan election since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 1996. In addition, the Cuban-born Abreu is just the sixth White Sox player overall to win a fan vote, joining Hall of Famers Thomas (1994-96), Luis Aparicio (1970) and Carlton Fisk (1981-82), as well as Dick Allen (1972-74) and Richie Zisk (1977). The 31-year-old Abreu entered Sunday leading AL first basemen with 88 hits, 27 doubles and 50 RBI, along with a .259 batting average, 12 home runs and 42 runs scored. Ramírez is the fan-elected third baseman for the second consecutive season. He joins Sandy Alomar Jr. (3), Kenny Lofton (3), Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (2), Albert Belle (2), Manny Ramirez (2) and 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome (2) as Indians to win multiple fan elections, and all did so in consecutive seasons. Ramírez entered play today leading all Major League third basemen with 24 home runs, 19 stolen bases, 60 runs scored and a .595 slugging percentage. In addition, the 25-year-old has 59 RBI, 25 doubles and a .396 on-base percentage on the season.

Ramos, a native of Venezuela, is an All-Star for the second time in his career, following 2016, when he was a National League All-Star while playing for the Nationals. The 30-year-old is the first Rays catcher and just the fifth different Rays player overall to win a fan election (sixth time overall), joining designated hitter Jose Canseco (1999), third baseman Evan Longoria (2009-10), outfielder Carl Crawford (2010) and designated hitter Corey Dickerson (2017). Ramos entered play today leading AL backstops with 79 hits, a .289 batting average and a .340 on-base percentage to go along with 12 home runs, 47 RBI, 11 doubles and 26 runs scored. Martinez is now a two-time All-Star (2015) and a first-time fan-elected starter. The 30-year-old joins David Ortiz (2005, 2008, 2011-13, 2016) as the only Red Sox designated hitters to win fan elections. In his first season in Boston, the Triple Crown candidate entered play on Sunday leading the Majors with 27 home runs and 74 RBI, and ranked fourth in the AL with a .329 batting average. Martinez has also tallied 21 doubles, 64 runs scored and a .646 slugging percentage.

The nine AL fan-elected starters include representatives from a record eight different Clubs. Since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, neither league has had eight different teams win a fan election in the same year. The NL has had seven different teams among the winners on eight occasions, including the most recent occurrence in 2014, while the AL has had seven different teams represented 12 times, including last year for the Midsummer Classic in Miami.

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MLB announces 2018 All-Star Game rosters

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Twenty-nine players age 27-or-younger named to All-Star rosters; 7 countries and territories represented among 21 foreign-born All-Stars

 

Pitchers and reserves have been named to the American League and National League All-Star Teams, as announced today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The 2018 AL and NL All-Star rosters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “2018 Camping World All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN.

In addition to the starters who were elected by the fans, pitchers and reserve players were named to the All-Star Game rosters by the Player Ballot – a vote of the players, managers and coaches – and by Major League Baseball. In making the selections, MLB has ensured that each of the 30 Major League Clubs will be represented in the All-Star Game.

American League position players who are invited to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard as a result of Player Balloting are catcher Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals; first baseman Mitch Moreland of the Boston Red Sox; second baseman Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees; shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians; third baseman Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros; outfielders George Springer of the Astros, Michael Brantley of the Indians and Mitch Haniger of the Mariners; and designated hitter Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners.

AL pitchers who have made the Midsummer Classic as a result of the Player Ballot include starters Justin Verlander of the Astros; Corey Kluber of the Indians; Luis Severino of the Yankees; Gerrit Cole of the Astros; and Chris Sale of the Red Sox. The relievers who are All-Stars via the Player Ballot are Edwin Díaz of the Mariners; Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox; and Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees.

MLB had five selections to fill out the remainder of the AL roster, with each of the picks being used to represent the five Clubs that did not have an All-Star after the fan and player balloting processes. The four pitchers chosen include starter José Berrios of the Minnesota Twins; starter J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays; reliever Joe Jiménez of the Detroit Tigers; and reliever Blake Treinen of the Oakland Athletics. The one position player who is among MLB selections is outfielder Shin-Soo Choo of the Texas Rangers. In addition, player-elected All-Star Justin Verlander, who is scheduled to pitch on Sunday, July 15th, will be inactive at the 89th Midsummer Classic. MLB has selected Indians starter Trevor Bauer to replace Verlander on the active roster.

The 2018 Camping World All-Star Final Vote will determine the 32nd AL roster spot. The candidates are Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi; Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario; Mariners shortstop Jean Segura; Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons; and Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton.

National League position players who are invited to the 89th Midsummer Classic as a result of Player Balloting are catcher Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants; first baseman Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds; second baseman Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves; shortstop Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies; third baseman Eugenio Suárez of the Reds; and outfielders Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers, Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies and Lorenzo Cain of the Brewers.

NL pitchers who have made the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard as a result of the Player Ballot include starters Max Scherzer of the host Washington Nationals; Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets; Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies; Mike Foltynewicz of the Braves; and Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs. The relievers who are All-Stars via the Player Ballot are Josh Hader of the Brewers; Brad Hand of the San Diego Padres; and Sean Doolittle of the Nationals.

MLB had seven selections to fill out the remainder of the NL roster, including for three teams yet to have an All-Star elected by the fans or players. The four pitchers selected include starter Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks; reliever Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers; starter Miles Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals; and reliever Felipe Vázquez of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The three position players selected are second baseman Scooter Gennett of the Reds; first baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks; and catcher J.T. Realmuto of the Miami Marlins.

The 2018 Camping World All-Star Final Vote will determine the 32nd NL roster spot, a competition that will feature first baseman Jesús Aguilar of the Brewers; first baseman Brandon Belt of the Giants; infielder Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals; infielder Max Muncy of the Dodgers; and shortstop Trea Turner of the Nationals.

The three AL Division leaders – the Astros, Indians and Red Sox – will each send a Major League-high five players to the Midsummer Classic. It marks the second consecutive year for Houston to have at least five All-Stars, following their six selections last year, and it is the first time in franchise history that the Club has had at least five All-Stars in consecutive years. The Indians are sending five representatives for a second straight season, marking the first time they have accomplished that since they sent six players to the All-Star Game in 1998 and 1999. The Braves will have an NL-best four players represented at the Midsummer Classic. It is the first time the Braves will send as many as four players to the Midsummer Classic since 2012.

For the second consecutive season, the Yankees have a rookie named to the AL All-Star team as second baseman Gleyber Torres joins Joe DiMaggio (1936), Tom Tresh (1962), Willie Randolph (1976), Hideki Matsui (2003) and teammate Aaron Judge (2017) as Yankees rookie position players to be selected an All-Star.

Torres is one of the 25 All-Stars (11 AL, 14 NL) making their first trip to the Midsummer Classic, and he is also one of the 29 players (16 AL, 13 NL) age 27-or-younger who have been selected to the All-Star rosters. In addition, there are 21 foreign-born players on the All-Star rosters (14 AL, 7 NL), including players from Venezuela (7), Puerto Rico (5), the Dominican Republic (3), Cuba (2), Curaҫao (2), Canada (1) and South Korea (1). Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is the first Korean-born position player, and just the third Korean player overall to make an All-Star team, joining pitchers Chan Ho Park (2001) and Byung-Hyun Kim (2002). Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies is just the fifth player from Curaҫao to be selected to the Midsummer Classic, joining fellow 2018 All-Star Kenley Jansen (also 2016-17), Andruw Jones (2000, 2002-03, 2005-06) and Jair Jurrjens (2011).

Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale were each named to the Midsummer Classic for a seventh consecutive time. They are followed by Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt (six straight), Washington’s Max Scherzer (six straight), Kansas City’s Salvador Perez (six straight), Houston’s Jose Altuve (five straight) and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (four straight).

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MLB suspends two minor leaguers for violation of drug policies

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The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced recently that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Cincinnati Reds Minor League first baseman Montrell Marshall, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Minnesota Twins Minor League third baseman Sean Miller, who is currently on the roster of the
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

 

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