The 85th edition of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be taking place at Target Field in the city of Minneapolis this coming July 15th. This is one of the best American traditions in the world of sports
The National and the American League have recently revealed in their rosters and the names on that list are nothing but the best in the sport of baseball. Here is a quick look at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Rosters and Lineups:
|American League||National League|
|Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals*||Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals*|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers*||Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks*|
|Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners*||Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies*|
|Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees*||Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies*|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics*||Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers*|
|Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels*||Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*|
|Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays*||Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers*|
|Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles*||Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers*|
|Nelson Cruz, DH, Baltimore Orioles*||Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Miami Marlins*|
|AL Pitchers||NL Pitchers|
|Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas Rangers||Johnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds|
|Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit Tigers||Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle Mariners||Zack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York Yankees||Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants|
|Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red Sox||Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays||Tyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres|
|Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland Athletics||Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals|
|Mark Buehrle, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays||Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves|
|Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland Athletics||Craig Kimbrel, RHP Atlanta Braves|
|Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City Royals||Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds|
|Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota Twins||Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers|
|Dellin Betances, RHP, New York Yankees||Tony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates|
There is no doubt, this will be one very special edition of the All-Star Game whether baseball enthusiasts are watching it for the hitters or the pitchers, the top player to focus on is Dodgers´Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw holds an overall record of 10-2, 115 strikeouts, a 0.87 WHIP, and a incredible 1.85 ERA.
“In their early years a lot of guys come in here and wonder, but he’s like a freight train. He doesn’t look back and wonder what happened. He just keeps going forward. He comes in here and still uses his curveball. He still uses his slider. He still attacks the strike zone. He doesn’t worry no matter where he goes. Whether it’s a small park or big park, at sea level or at altitude, he knows what he has to do to get the job done.” stated Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
On the other hand, this morning the final spots for the American and National League teams were given to Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
The following is a quick list of Major League Baseball All-Star Game winners for the past decade:
Date Winning League MVP Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher
|July 15, 2003||American(40-32-2 NL)||Garret Anderson,Anaheim (AL)||Brendan Donnelly,Anaheim (AL)||Eric Gagné, Los Angeles (NL)|
|July 13, 2004||American(40-33-2 NL)||Alfonso Soriano, Texas(AL)||Mark Mulder, Oakland(AL)||Roger Clemens,Houston (NL)|
|July 12, 2005||American(40-34-2 NL)||Miguel Tejada,Baltimore (AL)||Mark Buehrle, Chicago(AL)||John Smoltz, Atlanta(NL)|
|July 11, 2006||American(40-35-2 NL)||Michael Young, Texas(AL)||B.J. Ryan, Toronto (AL)||Trevor Hoffman, San Diego (NL)|
|July 10, 2007||American(40-36-2 NL)||Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle(AL)||Josh Beckett, Boston(AL)||Chris Young, San Diego (NL)|
|July 15, 2008||American(40-37-2 NL)||J. D. Drew, Boston (AL)||Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay (AL)||Brad Lidge,Philadelphia (NL)|
|July 14, 2009||American(40-38-2 NL)||Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay (AL)||Jonathan Papelbon,Boston (AL)||Heath Bell, San Diego(NL)|
|July 13, 2010||National(41-38-2 NL)||Brian McCann, Atlanta(NL)||Matt Capps, Washington(NL)||Phil Hughes, New York(AL)|
|July 12, 2011||National(42-38-2 NL)||Prince Fielder,Milwaukee (NL)||Tyler Clippard,Washington (NL)||C.J. Wilson, Texas (AL)|
|July 10, 2012||National(43-38-2 NL)||Melky Cabrera, San Francisco (NL)||Matt Cain, San Francisco (NL)||Justin Verlander,Detroit (AL)|
|July 16, 2013||American(43-39-2 NL)||Mariano Rivera, New York (AL)||Chris Sale, Chicago (AL)||Patrick Corbin, Arizona(NL)|
Here are a couple of videos on the latest information about the 2014 MLB All-star game: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/all-stars-unveiled-including-25-first-timers?ymd=20140706&content_id=83398236&vkey=news_mlb
Additionally, there is news on Cardinals´star Yadier Molina´s injury (a torn ligament in his right thumb) and he will be undergoing surgery on Friday morning. Yadi will be out for a 15-day disabled period and catcher Audry Perez will take Molina’s spot on the Major League roster.
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