Major League Baseball All-Star Game Rosters Announced, Chicago Cubs Lead The Way With Seven Representatives

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held at the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park, is just one week away and baseball fans around the world now know who they’ll be watching next Tuesday night on Fox as rosters for the game were announced on Tuesday evening.

What is known is that the Chicago Cubs, who lead all MLB teams with seven representatives, will have at least five starters for the National League, including all four infield spots. Anthony Rizzo will start at first base, Ben Zobrist at second base, Addison Russell at shortstop, and reigning NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant will handle the duties at third base. Outfielder Dexter Fowler, who is currently on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, remains hopeful that he’ll be able to return to play in his very first All-Star Game. It’s quite possible that Cubs ace Jake Arrieta could be the sixth starter for the North Siders, especially given that Clayton Kershaw will miss the festivities due to his own stint on the disabled list. Arrieta is scheduled to pitch this Friday in Pittsburgh. Jon Lester, the National League Pitcher of the Month in June, is the seventh member of the Chicago Cubs on the roster.

Major League Baseball All-Star Game Rosters Announced, Chicago Cubs Lead The Way With Seven Representatives [Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images]Assuming he’s ready to go, Fowler will be joined in the outfield by the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper and the New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes, who’s one of three Mets that will join manager Terry Collins in the NL dugout. Collins hasn’t yet picked a designated hitter for the game, which, even though the game is being played in a National League park, will still be used, a rule that MLB instituted in 2010.

Fans once again have the chance to vote for the 34th and final spot on each roster at MLB.com/vote until 4:00 Eastern time on Friday. This year’s National League candidates are Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte, and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.

MLB All-Star Game National League Starters
C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
2B: Ben Zobrist, Cubs
3B: Kris Bryant, Cubs
SS: Addison Russell, Cubs
OF: Yoenis Cespedes, Mets
OF: Dexter Fowler, Cubs
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

MLB All-Star Game National League Reserves
C: Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
C: Wilson Ramos, Nationals
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Wil Myers, Padres
2B: Daniel Murphy, Nationals
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
3B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
SS: Corey Seager, Dodgers
OF: Adam Duvall, Reds
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Odubel Herrera, Phillies
OF: Marcell Ozuna, Marlins

MLB All-Star Game National League Pitchers
RHP: Jake Arrieta, Cubs
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP: Johnny Cueto, Giants
RHP: Jeurys Familia, Mets
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
LHP: Jon Lester, Cubs
RHP: Mark Melancon, Pirates
RHP: A.J. Ramos, Marlins
RHP: Fernando Rodney, Marlins
RHP: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
RHP: Noah Syndergaard, Mets
RHP: Julio Teheran, Braves

MLB All-Star Game National League Final Vote Candidates
1B: Brandon Belt, Giants
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
3B: Jake Lamb, D-backs
OF: Starling Marte, Pirates
SS: Trevor Story, Rockies

Major League Baseball All-Star Game Rosters Announced, Chicago Cubs Lead The Way With Seven Representatives [Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images]The American League roster has this year’s MLB All-Star Game leading vote-getter in Royals catcher Salvador Perez (4,965,838 votes) and he’ll be joined in the starting lineup by his teammate, first baseman Eric Hosmer, for manager Ned Yost’s squad, and they’ll be joined by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, and four members of the Boston Red Sox, who led the way in the AL with six total representatives. Xander Bogaerts will play shortstop, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Mookie Betts will join Trout in the outfield, and making his tenth and final appearance in the MLB All-Star Game will be designated hitter David Ortiz, who plans to retire at the end of the 2016 season.

Major League Baseball All-Star Game Rosters Announced, Chicago Cubs Lead The Way With Seven Representatives [Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images]The final vote candidates in the American League are Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders, and Astros outfielder George Springer.

MLB All-Star Game American League Starters
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
SS: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
OF: Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

MLB All-Star Game American League Reserves
C: Stephen Vogt, Athletics
C: Matt Wieters, Orioles
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B: Robinson Cano, Mariners
3B: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians
SS: Eduardo Nunez, Twins
OF: Carlos Beltran, Yankees
OF: Ian Desmond, Rangers
OF: Mark Trumbo, Orioles
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

MLB All-Star Game American League Pitchers
RHP: Dellin Betances, Yankees
RHP: Brad Brach, Orioles
LHP: Zach Britton, Orioles
RHP: Alex Colome, Rays
RHP: Wade Davis, Royals
RHP: Marco Estrada, Blue Jays
LHP: Cole Hamels, Rangers
RHP: Will Harris, Astros
RHP: Kelvin Herrera, Royals
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox
LHP: Andrew Miller, Yankees
RHP: Danny Salazar, Indians
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Steven Wright, Red Sox

MLB All-Star Game American League Final Vote Candidates
2B: Ian Kinsler, Tigers
3B: Evan Longoria, Rays
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
OF: Michael Saunders, Blue Jays
OF: George Springer, Astros

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