A Look Back At My All-Star Ballot

The American League won the All-Star game by a score of 4-2. Looking back on my ballot, it seems that it was pretty good. Ten of the players I chose were voted to start the game, and I did not choose any of the Cubs infielders. Only three of my selections did not make it, two Brewers and an outfielder that got injured after my ballot was in. Also, the All-Star MVP was among my selections.

Here is how my picks fared in the annual mid-summer classic.

Catcher

AL: Salvador Perez

Perez was voted in as a starter for the American League. He went 1 for 2 with a 2-run home run in the third inning to put the AL up 3-1. He caught the first 5 innings, handling Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, Cole Hamels, Anibal Sanchez, and Jose Quintana.

NL: Jonathan Lucroy

Lucroy was selected by National League manager Terry Collins as a reserve for the National League team. He came in to catch in the 7th inning and finished the game behind the plate. Lucroy went 1-1 with a sharp single to left and was stranded on 3rd in the 8th inning.

First Base

AL: Eric Hosmer

Hosmer was voted in to start for the American League squad. He went 2 for 3 with a solo home run in the 3rd to tie the game at 1 and an RBI single in the 4th to extend the AL lead to 4-1. His day at the plate earned him the All-Star MVP award.

NL: Chris Carter

Carter was not selected for the All-Star team, even though he is 4th in the National League with 22 home runs. Anthony Rizzo and Paul Goldschmidt combined to go 1 for 5 as the NL representatives at first base.

Second Base

AL: Jose Altuve

Altuve was voted in to start for the American League. He went 0 for 3 at the plate but he made a couple of good plays. He was the only second baseman for the NL to get an at bat, as Robinson Cano walked and Eduardo Nunez did not get up to the plate.

NL: Daniel Murphy

Murphy was a reserve for the National League. He pinch hit for Ben Zobrist in the 5th inning and stayed in to play second for the rest of the game. He went 2 for 3, but because of an error he was on base all 3 times he came to the plate. He also made a nice play to save 2 runs and keep the score 4-2.

Third Base

AL: Manny Machado

Machado was voted in as a starter for the American League club. He went 0 for 3 and had a rather unremarkable day. Well, as unremarkable as playing in the All-Star game can be.

NL: Nolan Arenado

Arenado was selected as a reserve for the National League team. He pinch hit for Kris Bryant in the 5th inning and took over at third base. He went 0 for 3, but he made a nice play to get the runner out at second on a force out.

Shortstop

AL: Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts was voted in as the starting shortstop in the American League. He went 1 for 2 in his All-Star debut.

NL: Jonathan Villar

Villar was left off the National League roster in what was one of the bigger snubs. Addison Russell, Corey Seager, and Aledmys Diaz combined to go 0 for 4 for the NL at shortstop. Diaz struck out looking to end the 8th inning with the bases loaded.

Outfield

AL: Jackie Bradley, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Trout

Bradley was voted in to start for the American League, and he started in left field. He went 2 for 2 before he gave way to Mark Trumbo.

Cain was put on the DL with a hamstring injury on June 28.

Trout was voted in as a starter for the American League team and played center field. He went 1 for 3, hitting a single in his first at bat, before giving way to Ian Desmond.

NL: Ryan Braun, Bryce Harper, Marcell Ozuna

Braun did not get selected for the All-Star Game, even after a couple of injuries. Jay Bruce, who many Brewer fans thought should not have been an injury replacement ahead of Braun, went 0 for 2 with 2 strikeouts.

Harper was voted in to start the All-Star Game for the National League and he played in right field. He went 1 for 2 before Goldschmidt pinch hit for him. Bruce took over in right field in a double switch.

Ozuna was voted in as a starter for the National League and played in center field. He went 1 for 2 and drove in Buster Posey with a single in the 4th inning for what turned out to be the last run of the game.

Designated Hitter

AL: David Ortiz

Ortiz was voted in as the starting DH for the American League team. He went 0 for 1 with a walk in his 10th and presumably last All-Star appearance. He stated before the season that he plans to retire at the end of the season.

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