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MLB announces rosters for 2018 All-Star Game

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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).

Following the Camping World All-Star Selection Show, fans can begin casting votes to select the final player for each League’s 32-man roster via the 2018 Camping World All-Star Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period, which concludes on Wednesday, July 11th at 4:00 p.m. ET. Now in its 17th season with over 760 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices. The winners of the Final Vote will be announced live on MLB Network on Wednesday, July 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), and PLAY BALL Park at The Yards (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit www.allstargame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

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MLB announces 2018 All-Star Game Starters

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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.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th) and PLAY BALL Park at The Yards (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit www.allstargame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

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.

Following the Camping World All-Star Selection Show, fans can begin casting votes to select the final player for each League’s 32-man roster via the 2018 Camping World All-Star Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period, which concludes on Wednesday, July 11th at 4:00 p.m. ET. Now in its 17th season with over 760 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices. The winners of the Final Vote will be announced live on MLB Network on Wednesday, July 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

 

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Rosters for 2018 SiriusXM Futures All-Star Game announced

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Rosters feature 15 former first-rund picks; World Team includes players representing eight different countries and territories outside the United States

 

Rosters for the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 15th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, were announced by Major League Baseball earlier today on MLB Network’s “MLB Central.”

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 20th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 12-7. Last year in Miami, the U.S. Team defeated the World, 7-6, for its seventh victory in the last eight years.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to be selected. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at MLB.com/pipeline.

The teams feature 15 former first round draft picks (14 on U.S. Team and one on World Team), one player picked in Competitive Balance Round A (U.S. Team) and four second round picks (all U.S.). Among the 15 first round picks, five were selected in the 2017 Draft, six in the 2016 Draft, three in the 2015 Draft and one in the 2014 Draft.

The World Team features players representing eight different countries and territories outside the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic is represented by nine players, followed by Venezuela (6), Cuba (4) and Australia (2). Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and South Africa are each represented by one player on the World Team.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will last nine innings, and in the event of a tie, a 10th inning will be played. The game will not go longer than 10 innings, regardless of the score. Players and coaches will be outfitted in special SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game caps and jerseys.

As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 4:00 p.m. (ET), with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and MLB.com prospect expert Jim Callis on the call live from Nationals Park.

SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from Washington, DC. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM app for smart phones and mobile devices and online at SiriusXM.com.

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, CA; Venezuela 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.

The coaching staffs for the U.S. and World Team, led by managers Torii Hunter and David Ortiz, respectively, are as follows:

U.S. Team Manager & Coaches
Torii Hunter — Five-time All-Star; 19 seasons in Majors; 2,452 career hits; 353 career HR
Joel Hanrahan — Bullpen Coach (Pitching Coach, West Virginia Power — PIT Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate)
LaTroy Hawkins — Pitching Coach (Special Assistant to the General Manager — MIN)
Keith Johnson — Third Base Coach (Manager, Salt Lake Bees — LAA Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate)
Matt LeCroy — Bench Coach (Manager, Harrisburg Senators — WSH Double-A Eastern League affiliate)
Steve Singleton — Hitting Coach (Hitting Coach, Fort Myers Miracle — MIN Single-A Florida State League affiliate)
Gary Thurman — First Base Coach (Roving Baserunning Coach — WSH)
Jon Kotredes — Trainer (Minor League Medical/Rehab Coordinator — WSH)

World Team Manager & Coaches
David Ortiz — 10-time All-Star; three-time World Series Champion; 2,472 career hits; 541 career HR (17th all-time)
Jerry Manuel — Bench Coach (MLB Baseball Development Consultant)
Francisco Cordero — Pitching Coach (Three-time All-Star; 14 seasons in Majors)
Vladimir Guerrero — Hitting Coach (2018 HOF Inductee; Nine-time All-Star; 2004 AL MVP; 16 seasons in Majors)
Jorge Velandia — First Base Coach (Special Assistant to the General Manager — PHI)
Juan Samuel — Third Base Coach (Three-time All-Star; 16 seasons in Majors)
Sandy Martinez — Bullpen Coach (Manager, Dominican Summer League Nationals — WSH)
Scott Johnson — Trainer (Trainer, Arizona League White Sox — CWS)

Boys and Girls Clubs kids from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Youth Programs, as well as players participating in the All-Star Commissioner’s Cup and Jennie Finch Classic will take part in the pregame ceremony. Participating children will also receive All-Star Sunday tickets.

Tickets are available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com or visiting the box office at Nationals Park.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), Geico All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit www.allstargame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

2018 U.S. ROSTER

Pitchers (10)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
32 Anderson, Shaun (SF) R-R 6-4 225 10/29/94 Coral Springs, FL Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League/AA)
29 Cease, Dylan (CWS) R-R 6-2 196 12/28/95 Milton, GA Birmingham Barons (Southern League/AA)
3 Greene, Hunter (CIN) R-R 6-3 195 8/6/99 Stevenson Ranch, CA Dayton Dragons (Midwest League/A)
50 Hudson, Dakota (STL) R-R 6-5 215 9/15/94 Dunlap, TN Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
23 Keller, Mitch (PIT) R-R 6-3 206 4/4/96 Cedar Rapids, IA Indianapolis Indians (International League/AAA)
19 Manning, Matt (DET) R-R 6-6 195 1/28/98 Sacramento, CA Lakeland Flying Tigers (Florida State League/A)
58 Pelham, C.D. (TEX) R-L 6-6 225 2/21/95 Lancaster, SC Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League/AA)
4 Sheffield, Justus (NYY) L-L 6-0 200 5/13/96 Tullahoma, TN Scranton/WB RailRiders (International League/AAA)
26 Whitley, Forrest (HOU) R-R 6-7 195 9/15/97 San Antonio, TX Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League/AA)
23 Wright, Kyle (ATL) R-R 6-4 200 10/2/95 Huntsville, AL Mississippi Braves (Southern League/AA)

Catchers (2)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
9 Jansen, Danny (TOR) R-R 6-2 225 4/15/95 Elmhurst, IL Buffalo Bisons (International League/AAA)
23 Murphy, Sean (OAK) R-R 6-3 215 10/10/94 Peekskill, NY Midland RockHounds (Texas League/AA)

Infielders (8)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
34 Alonso, Peter (NYM) R-R 6-3 245 12/7/94 Tampa, FL Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
5 Bichette, Bo (TOR) R-R 6-0 200 3/5/98 Orlando, FL New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League/AA)
10 Hayes, Ke’Bryan (PIT) R-R 6-1 210 1/28/97 Tomball, TX Altoona Curve (Eastern League/AA)
18 Hiura, Keston (MIL) R-R 5-11 190 8/2/96 Valencia, CA Biloxi Shuckers (Southern League/AA)
5 Kieboom, Carter (WSH) R-R 6-2 190 9/3/97 Marietta, GA Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League/AA)
35 Lowe, Nate (TB) L-R 6-4 235 7/7/95 Norfolk, VA Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League/AA)
14 Mountcastle, Ryan (BAL) R-R 6-3 195 2/18/97 Winter Springs, FL Bowie Baysox (Eastern League/AA)
1 Rodgers, Brendan (COL) R-R 6-0 180 8/9/96 Winter Park, FL Hartford Yard Goats (Eastern League/AA)

Outfielders (5)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
3 Adell, Jo (LAA) R-R 6-3 208 4/8/99 Louisville, KY Inland Empire 66ers (California League/A)
19 Kirilloff, Alex (MIN) L-L 6-2 195 11/9/97 Pittsburgh, PA Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League/A)
2 Lewis, Kyle (SEA) R-R 6-4 210 7/13/95 Snellville, GA Modesto Nuts (California League/A)
23 Reed, Buddy (SD) S-R 6-4 210 4/27/95 Bronx, NY Lake Elsinore Storm (California League/A)
5 Trammell, Taylor (CIN) L-L 6-2 195 9/13/97 Powder Springs, CA Daytona Tortugas (Florida State League/A)

2018 WORLD ROSTER

Pitchers (9)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
21 De Los Santos, Enyel (PHI) R-R 6-3 170 12/25/95 San Pedro, D.R. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League/AAA)
28 Guzman, Jorge (MIA) R-R 6-3 190 1/28/96 Las Matas de Santa Cruz, D.R. Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida State League/A)
35 Lopez, Yoan (ARI) R-R 6-3 185 1/2/93 Nueva Gerona, Cuba Jackson Generals (Southern League/AA)
35 Lovergrove, Kieran (CLE) R-R 6-4 185 7/28/94 Johannesburg, South Africa Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League/AA)
9 Luzardo, Jesus (OAK) L-L 6-1 205 9/30/97 Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela Midland RockHounds (Texas League/AA)
34 Mata, Bryan (BOS) R-R 6-3 160 5/3/99 Maracay, Venezuela Salem Red Sox (Carolina League/A)
36 Thorpe, Lewis (MIN) R-L 6-1 160 11/23/95 Melbourn, Australia Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League/AA)
54 Tinoco, Jesus (COL) R-R 6-4 190 4/30/95 San Antonio de Maturin, Venezuela Hartford Yard Goats (Eastern League/AA)
31 Wells, Alex (BAL) L-L 6-1 190 2/27/97 Newcastle, Australia Frederick Keys (Carolina League/A)

Catchers (3)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
9 Amaya, Miguel (CHI) R-R 6-1 185 3/9/95 Chitre, Panama South Bend Cubs (Midwest League/A)
17 Mejia, Francisco (CLE) S-R 5-10 180 10/27/95 Bani, D.R. Columbus Clippers (International League/AAA)
7 Ruiz, Keibert (LAD) R-R 6-0 205 4/12/945 Valencia, Venezuela Tulsa Drillers (Texas League/AA)

Infielders (6)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
45 Alvarez, Yordan (HOU) L-R 6-5 225 6/27/97 Las Tunas, Cuba Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League/AA)
7 Garcia, Luis (WSH) L-R 6-0 190 5/16/00 Pimentel, D.R. Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League/A)
13 Gimenez, Andres (NYM) L-R 5-11 161 9/4/98 Barquisimeto, Venezuela St. Lucie Mets (Florida State League/A)
31 Lugo, Dawel (DET) R-R 6-0 190 12/31/94 Bani, D.R. Toledo Mud Hens (International League/AAA)
23 Tatis, Fernando (SD) R-R 6-3 185 1/2/99 San Pedro, D.R. San Antonio Missions (Texas League/AA)
3 Urias, Luis (SD) R-R 5-9 185 6/3/97 Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League/AAA)

Outfielders (7)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
68 Arozarena, Randy (STL) R-R 5-11 170 2/28/95 Havana, Cuba Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
6 Basabe, Luis (CWS) S-R 6-0 160 8/26/96 El Vigia, Venezuela Birmingham Barons (Southern League/AA)
17 Diaz, Yusniel (LAD) R-R 6-1 195 10/7/96 Havana, Cuba Tulsa Drillers (Texas League/AA)
25 Matias, Seuly (KC) R-R 6-3 200 9/4/98 La Isabela, D.R. Lexington Legends (South Atlantic League/A)
14 Ramos, Heliot (SF) R-R 6-2 185 9/7/99 Humacao, Puerto Rico Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League/A)
4 Sanchez, Jesus (TB) L-R 6-3 210 10/7/95 Higuey, D.R. Charlotte Stone Crabs (Florida State League/A)
3 Taveras, Leody (TEX) S-R 6-1 170 9/8/98 Tenares, D.R. Down East Wood Ducks (Carolina League/A)

 

Nationals stars Harper, Scherzer, Zimmerman named 2018 MLB Ambassadors for All-Star Game

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Major League Baseball has named three current Washington Nationals players as MLB All-Star Ambassadors — outfielder Bryce Harper, starting pitcher Max Scherzer, and infielder Ryan Zimmerman. Participating in the return of the MLB All-Star Game to the nation’s capital, all three players will serve as Ambassadors, participate in events and help promote All-Star Week.

Scherzer and Zimmerman will represent the hometown team at GEICO All-Star FanFest, the world’s largest baseball interactive fan event. In addition, Harper will help MLB and the Nationals unveil a new youth baseball complex at Fred Crabtree Park in Fairfax County, VA on Monday, July 16.

The three players also will be featured in All-Star ads, event displays, traditional and social media and promotional materials. The first 3,000 fans to arrive at FanFest each weekday of All-Star Week will receive a bobblehead of one of the All-Star Ambassadors — Ryan Zimmerman (July 13), Bryce Harper (July 16), and Max Scherzer (July 17).

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th) and PLAY BALL Park in The Yards at Parcel A (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Harper, Scherzer and Zimmerman join a distinguished list of MLB stars who served as All-Star Ambassadors while playing for the host club including Giancarlo Stanton, Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Justin Upton and David Wright.

Specially priced tickets for families, military members, first responders and other various groups to GEICO All-Star FanFest are available now and can be purchased at AllStarGame.com while tickets to All-Star Sunday can also be purchased at the official website of the All-Star Game (www.allstargame.com), as well as the Nationals official website (www.nationals.com), the Nationals Ticket Windows at Nationals Park, and by calling 833-4ASGFUN. Mastercard, preferred by Major League Baseball, is an accepted form of payment.

During his appearance on the morning of the All-Star Game, Ryan Zimmerman will conduct an autograph signing session for fans. Fans interested in getting an autograph from Zimmerman or attending the signing sessions of MLB legends throughout the five days, can sign up for the GEICO All-Star FanFest Experience Pass at AllStarGame.com. The GEICO All-Star FanFest Experience Pass significantly reduces the amount of time fans will need to wait in line for autographs and is a one-stop-shop for getting access to the top attractions and prizes at the event. In addition, fans with the Experience Pass have the chance to win instant prizes and receive automatic entry to ticket sweepstakes for All-Star Sunday, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Harper, a five-time National League All-Star and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player, was the Nationals first selection in the 2010 draft and first overall. He played in the All-Star Futures Game in 2011 and went on to make his Major League debut on April 28, 2012 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and since then has amassed 847 hits, including 171 home runs and 471 RBI.

Scherzer, who signed with the Nationals as a free agent prior to the 2015 season, has become one of the best pitchers in the game, winning the last two National League Cy Young Awards and being named an All-Star in each of the last five seasons. Scherzer also captured the 2013 American League Cy Young as a member of the Detroit Tigers, his first season as an All-Star. Scherzer has started 18 games thus far this season, going 10-5 with a 2.16 ERA, third-best in the NL.

Zimmerman, a two-time National League All-Star, was the Nationals first selection in the 2005 draft and fourth overall. He is the longest tenured member of the Nationals, after making his debut September 1, 2005. Zimmerman, 33, is a two-time Silver Slugger winner, the first of which he won in 2009 — the same year he was first named an All-Star and won a Gold Glove as well.

 

 

Cubs versatile Javier Baez named recent NL Player of the Week

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Javier Baez in field 2016 photo By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Báez has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending July 1st.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Javier Báez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Báez batted .483 (14-for-29) with 10 runs scored, six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI over seven games played to claim his first career NL Player of the Week Award. Among his NL counterparts, “Javy” finished his strong week first in hits, doubles, extra-base hits (8), total bases (26) and runs scored; tied for first in RBI; second in batting average; fourth in slugging percentage (.897); and tied for fifth in home runs. This is Chicago’s first weekly award of the 2018 season, and the first since Javy’s All-Star teammate Anthony Rizzo for the period ending August 21, 2017.

On Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Báez went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, two homers and five RBI to pace the Cubs’ offense. Included in his fourth career multi-homer game was the fourth grand slam of his five-year career. Reaching 16 home runs for his second consecutive season, the 25-year-old became only the second middle infielder in franchise history to reach the mark before the All-Star break, joining Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who clubbed 24 round-trippers prior to the Midsummer Classic in 1990. In his final game of the week yesterday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins, the ninth overall selection of the 2011 MLB Draft delivered three hits with two runs scored, a pair of doubles and two RBI. With the performance, Báez recorded his 21st double of the 2018 campaign, becoming the first Cubs player since Kris Bryant during his MVP-winning 2016 season to log at least 21 doubles in the firt half of a season. In addition, the 2016 NLCS Co-MVP became the first player in franchise history to log at least 21 doubles, six triples and 16 home runs in the first half of a season, as well as the 15th in Major League history. All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so during his All-Star 2013 campaign.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Javier’s teammates Ian Happ (.458, 7 R, 11 H, .552 OBP) and Addison Russell (.400, 6 R, 10 H, 11 RBI); infielder Matt Carpenter (.500, 8 R, 5 XBH, 19 TB) of the St. Louis Cardinals; outfielder Gregory Polanco (.474, 5 XBH, 7 RBI, 19 TB) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; first baseman Jesús Aguilar (.421, 4 R, 3 HR, .947 SLG) of the Milwaukee Brewers; starting pitcher Matt Harvey (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 8 SO), pitcher Michael Lorenzen (3 G, 4.15 ERA; 2 HR, 5 RBI) and infielder Jose Peraza (.323, 7 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; and starter Tyler Anderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 8 SO) of the Rockies.

 

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