2016 MLB All-Star Teams

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For the 86th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Petco Park in San Diego, California. This will be the first time the MLB All-Star game will be played at the San Diego Padres new ballpark. It was first opened back in 2004. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 34 players for each league.

AVG – Batting Average

ERA – Earned Run Average

HR – Home Runs

RBI – Runs Batted In

SV – Saves

BAA – Batting Average Against

WHIP – Walks/Hits Per Innings Pitched

K – Strikeouts

Stats are accurate as of July 5

* – asterisk indicates starter

American League

Pitchers

Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles

24 SV, 0.78 ERA, 0.78 WHIP

Chris Tillman – Baltimore Orioles

11-2, 3.55 ERA, 93 K

Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox

17 SV, 3.66 ERA, .183 BAA

Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox*

14-2, 2.93 ERA, 118 K

Jose Quintana – Chicago White Sox

6-8, 3.06 ERA, 100 K

Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians

10-3, 2.36 ERA, 113 K

Will Harris – Houston Astros

9 SV, 0.72 ERA, 0.88 WHIP

Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals

19 SV, 1.23 ERA, .176 BAA

Andrew Miller – New York Yankees

7 SV, 1.47 ERA, 66 K

Dellin Betances – New York Yankees

2-4, 2.63 ERA, 74 K

Alex Colome – Tampa Bay Rays

19 SV, 1.71 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers

9-2, 2.93 ERA, 105 K

Marco Estrada – Toronto Blue Jays

5-3, 2.93 ERA, 99 K

Notable Omissions: Aaron Sanchez – Blue Jays, J.A. Happ – Blue Jays, Rich Hill – Athletics, Aroldis Chapman – Yankees, Francisco Rodriguez – Tigers, Michael Fulmer – Tigers, Trevor Bauer – Indians, Steven Wright – Red Sox

Catchers

Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles

.272 AVG 9 HR 37 RBI

Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals*

.273 AVG 12 HR 37 RBI

Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics

.267 AVG 6 HR 24 RBI

Notable Omissions: Brian McCann – Yankees

Infielders

3B Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles*

.324 AVG 19 HR 53 RBI

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox*

.332 AVG 9 HR 52 RBI

DH David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox*

.337 AVG 19 HR 66 RBI

SS Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians

.299 AVG 10 HR 42 RBI

1B Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers*

.297 AVG 18 HR 51 RBI

2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros*

.352 AVG 14 HR 49 RBI

1B Eric Hosmer – Kansas City Royals

.305 AVG 13 HR 49 RBI

INF Eduardo Nunez – Minnesota Twins

.316 AVG 11 HR 35 RBI

2B Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

.302 AVG 19 HR 54 RBI

3B Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays

.304 AVG 22 HR 60 RBI

DH Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays

.267 AVG 22 HR 77 RBI

Notable Omissions: 3B Adrian Beltre – Rangers, 2B Rougned Odor – Rangers, 3B Evan Longoria – Rays, 3B Kyle Seager – Mariners, 3B Danny Valencia – Athletics, 2B Brian Dozier – Twins, 3B Yunel Escobar – Angels, 1B Albert Pujols – Angels, SS Carlos Correa – Astros, 3B Nick Castellanos – Tigers, 2B Ian Kinsler – Tigers, DH Victor Martinez – Tigers, DH Carlos Santana – Indians, 1B Jose Abreu – White Sox, 3B Todd Frazier – White Sox, 2B Dustin Pedroia – Red Sox, 2B Jonathan Schoop – Orioles, 1B Chris Davis – Orioles

Outfielders

Mark Trumbo – Baltimore Orioles*

.281 AVG 24 HR 62 RBI

Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox*

.298 AVG 18 HR 57 RBI

Jackie Bradley Jr. – Boston Red Sox

.293 AVG 14 HR 54 RBI

George Springer – Houston Astros

.265 AVG 19 HR 50 RBI

Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels*

.324 AVG 17 HR 54 RBI

Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

.302 AVG 19 HR 54 RBI

Ian Desmond – Texas Rangers

.319 AVG 15 HR 52 RBI

Notable Omissions: Michael Saunders – Blue Jays, Nelson Cruz – Mariners, Khris Davis – Athletics, Kole Calhoun – Angels, Adam Jones – Orioles

National League

Pitchers

Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves

3-7, 2.72 ERA, 105 K

Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs

12-3, 2.33 ERA, 115 K

Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers

25 SV, 1.30 ERA, 0.66 WHIP

Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers*

11-2, 1.79 ERA, 145 K

A.J. Ramos – Miami Marlins

25 SV, 2.38 ERA, .188 BAA

Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins

10-4, 2.69 ERA, 146 K

Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets

9-3, 2.41 ERA, 123 K

Jeurys Familia – New York Mets

29 SV, 2.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates

25 SV, 1.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

9-4, 2.09 ERA, 132 K

Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants

12-1, 2.57 ERA, 107 K

Seung Hwan Oh – St. Louis Cardinals

2-0, 1.71 ERA, .163 BAA

Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals

11-0, 2.71 ERA, 123 K

Notable Omissions: Max Scherzer – Nationals, Santiago Casilla – Giants, Drew Pomeranz – Padres, Vincent Velasquez – Phillies, Jeremy Jeffress – Brewers, Fernando Rodney – Marlins, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs, Jon Lester – Cubs, Zack Greinke – Diamondbacks

Catchers

Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers

.299 AVG 10 HR 39 RBI

Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants*

.289 AVG 10 HR 40 RBI

Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals

.335 AVG 13 HR 46 RBI

Notable Omissions: J.T. Realmuto – Marlins

Infielders

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

.292 AVG 15 HR 58 RBI

2B Ben Zobrist – Chicago Cubs

.291 AVG 11 HR 43 RBI

1B Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs*

.281 AVG 20 HR 61 RBI

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs* (as DH)

.278 AVG 25 HR 64 RBI

3B Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies*

.290 AVG 23 HR 69 RBI

SS Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers*

.304 AVG 17 HR 41 RBI

1B Wil Myers – San Diego Padres

.290 AVG 19 HR 58 RBI

SS Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants

.270 AVG 8 HR 53 RBI

SS Aledmys Diaz – St. Louis Cardinals

.314 AVG 11 HR 42 RBI

INF Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals

.299 AVG 14 HR 53 RBI

2B Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals*

.349 AVG 14 HR 56 RBI

Notable Omissions: SS Danny Espinosa – Nationals, 1B Brandon Belt – Giants, 3B Maikel Franco – Phillies, 2B D.J. LeMahieu – Rockies, SS Trevor Story – Rockies, SS Zach Cozart – Reds, 1B Joey Votto – Reds, 1B Freddie Freeman – Braves, 3B Jake Lamb – Diamondbacks, INF Jean Segura – Diamondbacks

Outfielders

Adam Duvall – Cincinnati Reds

.252 AVG 22 HR 59 RBI

Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies

.315 AVG 18 HR 51 RBI

Marcell Ozuna – Miami Marlins*

.314 AVG 17 HR 47 RBI

Yoenis Cespedes – New York Mets*

.304 AVG 21 HR 51 RBI

Odubel Herrera – Philadelphia Phillies

.302 AVG 10 HR 32 RBI

Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates

.320 AVG 6 HR 31 RBI

Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals*

.258 AVG 17 HR 48 RBI

Notable Omissions: Stephen Piscotty – Cardinals, Matt Kemp – Padres, Gregory Polanco – Pirates, Ryan Braun – Brewers, Christian Yelich – Marlins, Charlie Blackmon – Rockies, Jay Bruce – Reds, Dexter Fowler – Cubs

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