Shohei Ohtani, Fernando Tatis Jr. headline 2021 MLB All-Star starters


The people have spoken. MLB revealed its starters, as voted by fans, for July 13th’s All-Star Game at Coors Field. The American and National League lineups, as revealed on ESPN, feature nine first-time participants including Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani, who is also slated to participate in the Home Run Derby alongside Trevor Story, Pete Alonso and Trey Mancini. Surprisingly, no one from either of last year's World Series teams—the Dodgers and Rays—was selected as a starter.

Catchers Salvador Perez and Buster Posey are each making their seventh All-Star appearances while former Rockie Nolan Arenado is headed back to his old Colorado stomping grounds for his sixth Midsummer Classic. Adam Frazier, who figures to be a hot commodity at the upcoming trade deadline, was Pittsburgh’s lone entry, becoming the Pirates’ first All-Star starter since Andrew McCutchen in 2014. Nick Castellanos and breakout star Jesse Winker give the Reds two All-Star starters, their most since 2013 (Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips).

Meanwhile, the American League East will be well-represented at this year’s All-Star festivities with three Blue Jays (Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Marcus Semien and Teoscar Hernandez), two Red Sox (Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers) and Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge all making the trip to Denver. Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins could potentially give the AL East a seventh All-Star starter with Mike Trout unable to participate due to a calf injury.

American League
C: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals (7th selection)
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays (1st)
2B: Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays (1st)
3B: Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox (1st)
SS: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox (3rd)
OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (9th)
OF: Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees (3rd)
OF: Teoscar Hernandez, Toronto Blue Jays (1st)
DH: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (1st)

National League
C: Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants (7th)
1B: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves (5th)
2B: Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates (1st)
3B: Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals (6th)
SS: Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres (1st)
OF: Ronald Acuna, Atlanta Braves (2nd)
OF: Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds (1st)
OF: Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds (1st)

This will be the second All-Star Game staged at Coors Field and first since 1998. Truist Park in Atlanta was originally slated to host but MLB moved the game in response to a controversial bill restricting voter rights that was passed in Georgia’s state senate earlier this year. All-Star reserves will be announced Sunday.

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