85th Edition of the MLB All-Star Game

85th Edition of the MLB All-Star Game

source:  MLB.com

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 LeagueNational 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 PitchersNL Pitchers
Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas RangersJohnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit TigersClayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle MarinersZack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York YankeesMadison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants
Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red SoxAdam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay RaysTyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres
Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland AthleticsJordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals
Mark Buehrle, LHP, Toronto Blue JaysJulio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland AthleticsCraig Kimbrel, RHP Atlanta Braves
Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City RoyalsAroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota TwinsFrancisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Dellin Betances, RHP, New York YankeesTony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
source: http://bleacherreport.com/

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.

2014 MLB Regular Season

2014 MLB Regular Season

source:  MLB.com

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, 2003American(40-32-2 NL)Garret Anderson,Anaheim (AL)Brendan Donnelly,Anaheim (AL)Eric Gagné, Los Angeles (NL)
July 13, 2004American(40-33-2 NL)Alfonso Soriano, Texas(AL)Mark Mulder, Oakland(AL)Roger Clemens,Houston (NL)
July 12, 2005American(40-34-2 NL)Miguel Tejada,Baltimore (AL)Mark Buehrle, Chicago(AL)John Smoltz, Atlanta(NL)
July 11, 2006American(40-35-2 NL)Michael Young, Texas(AL)B.J. Ryan, Toronto (AL)Trevor Hoffman, San Diego (NL)
July 10, 2007American(40-36-2 NL)Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle(AL)Josh Beckett, Boston(AL)Chris Young, San Diego (NL)
July 15, 2008American(40-37-2 NL)J. D. Drew, Boston (AL)Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay (AL)Brad Lidge,Philadelphia (NL)
July 14, 2009American(40-38-2 NL)Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay (AL)Jonathan Papelbon,Boston (AL)Heath Bell, San Diego(NL)
July 13, 2010National(41-38-2 NL)Brian McCann, Atlanta(NL)Matt Capps, Washington(NL)Phil Hughes, New York(AL)
July 12, 2011National(42-38-2 NL)Prince Fielder,Milwaukee (NL)Tyler Clippard,Washington (NL)C.J. Wilson, Texas (AL)
July 10, 2012National(43-38-2 NL)Melky Cabrera, San Francisco (NL)Matt Cain, San Francisco (NL)Justin Verlander,Detroit (AL)
July 16, 2013American(43-39-2 NL)Mariano Rivera, New York (AL)Chris Sale, Chicago (AL)Patrick Corbin, Arizona(NL)
source: http://bleacherreport.com/

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

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24610019/mlb-all-star-game-who-will-be-the-starting-pitchers

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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