2019 MLB All-Star Teams

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For the 90th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field or “The Jake”) in Cleveland, Ohio. The last time the mid-summer classic was played in Cleveland was in 1997. 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, nor the commissioner’s office. 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 32 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

National League

Pitchers

Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks

10-3, 2.73 ERA, 108 K

Mike Soroka – Atlanta Braves

9-1, 2.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP

Luis Castillo – Cincinnati Reds

8-3, 2.29 ERA, .169 BAA

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Los Angeles Dodgers*

10-2, 1.73 ERA, 0.91 WHIP

Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers

23 SV, 3.28 ERA, 0.95 WHIP

Walker Buehler – Los Angeles Dodgers

8-1, 3.46 ERA, 113 K

Josh Hader – Milwaukee Brewers

20 SV, 2.09 ERA, .106 BAA

Brandon Woodruff – Milwaukee Brewers

10-3, 3.67 ERA, 126 K

Felipe Vazquez – Pittsburgh Pirates

19 SV, 2.19 ERA, 59 K

Kirby Yates – San Diego Padres

28 SV, 1.22 ERA, 0.81 WHIP

Will Smith – San Francisco Giants

22 SV, 2.10 ERA, 0.79 WHIP

Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals

8-5, 2.43 ERA, 170 K

Notable Omissions: Amir Garrett – Reds, Scott Oberg – Rockies, Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers, Caleb Smith – Marlins, Jacob DeGrom – Mets, Hector Neris – Phillies, Chris Paddack – Padres, Sean Doolittle – Nationals, Patrick Corbin – Nationals

Catchers

J.T. Realmuto – Philadelphia Phillies

.271 AVG, 10 HR, 39 RBI

Yasmani Grandal – Milwaukee Brewers

.255 AVG, 18 HR, 47 RBI

Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs*

.294 AVG, 18 HR, 52 RBI

Notable Omissions: Wilson Ramos – Mets, Yadier Molina – Cardinals

Infielders

3B Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals

.304 AVG, 20 HR, 60 RBI

1B Josh Bell – Pittsburgh Pirates*

.308 AVG, 27 HR, 84 RBI

1B Pete Alonso – New York Mets* (as DH)

.281 AVG, 29 HR, 66 RBI

INF/OF Jeff McNeil – New York Mets

.348 AVG, 7 HR, 35 RBI

SS Miguel Rojas – Miami Marlins

.292 AVG, 1 HR, 26 RBI

SS Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies*

.289 AVG, 17 HR, 48 RBI

3B Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies*

.318 AVG, 20 HR, 67 RBI

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

.294 AVG, 17 HR, 43 RBI

SS Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs

.288 AVG, 22 HR, 60 RBI

2B Ozzie Albies – Atlanta Braves

.281 AVG, 14 HR, 49 RBI

1B Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves

.309 AVG, 23 HR, 66 RBI

2B Ketel Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks*

.312 AVG, 20 HR, 53 RBI

Notable Omissions: Eduardo Escobar – Diamondbacks, Dansby Swanson – Braves, Anthony Rizzo – Cubs, Max Muncy – Dodgers, Mike Moustakas – Brewers, Rhys Hoskins – Phillies, Eric Hosmer – Padres, Manny Machado – Padres

Outfielders

Ronald Acuna Jr. – Atlanta Braves

.291 AVG, 20 HR, 52 RBI

Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies*

.336 AVG, 20 HR, 57 RBI

Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers*

.344 AVG, 30 HR, 71 RBI

Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers*

.325 AVG, 31 HR, 67 RBI

Marcell Ozuna – St. Louis Cardinals

.259 AVG, 20 HR, 62 RBI

Notable Omissions: Juan Soto – Nationals, David Dahl – Rockies, David Peralta – Diamondbacks

American League

Pitchers

Lucas Giolito – Chicago White Sox*

11-2, 2.72 ERA, 115 K

Brad Hand – Cleveland Indians

23 SV, 2.17 ERA, 0.99 WHIP

Shane Greene – Detroit Tigers

22 SV, 1.09 ERA, .158 BAA

Justin Verlander – Houston Astros

10-4, 2.98 ERA, 153 K

Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros

8-5, 3.28 ERA, 161 K

Ryan Pressly – Houston Astros

3 SV, 1.43 ERA, 0.72 WHIP

Jake Odorizzi – Minnesota Twins

10-4, 3.15 ERA, .214 BAA

Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins

8-5, 3.00 ERA, 104 K

Aroldis Chapman – New York Yankees

24 SV, 1.82 ERA, .205 BAA

Charlie Morton – Tampa Bay Rays

9-2, 2.36 ERA, 132 K

Mike Minor – Texas Rangers

8-4, 2.54 ERA, 114 K

Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays

5-9, 3.18 ERA, 81 K

Notable Omissions: John Means – Orioles, Brandon Workman – Red Sox, Alex Colome – White Sox, Will Harris – Astros, Roberto Osuna – Astros, Taylor Rogers – Twins, Adam Ottavino – Yankees, Liam Hendriks – Athletics, Emilio Pagan – Rays, Ken Giles – Blue Jays

Catchers

Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees*

.249 AVG, 24 HR, 57 RBI

James McCann – Chicago White Sox

.318 AVG, 9 HR, 30 RBI

Notable Omissions: Christian Vazquez – Red Sox, Josh Phegley – Athletics, Omar Narvaez – Mariners

Infielders

SS Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers

.307 AVG, 7 HR, 44 RBI

3B Matt Chapman – Oakland Athletics

.263 AVG, 21 HR, 52 RBI

SS Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees

.295 AVG, 19 HR, 50 RBI

2B DJ LeMahieu – New York Yankees*

.337 AVG, 12 HR, 63 RBI

1B C.J. Cron – Minnesota Twins

.266 AVG, 17 HR, 54 RBI

SS Jorge Polanco – Minnesota Twins*

.314 AVG, 13 HR, 42 RBI

INF Tommy La Stella – Los Angeles Angels

.300 AVG, 16 HR, 44 RBI

INF/OF Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals

.307 AVG, 11 HR, 44 RBI

3B Alex Bregman – Houston Astros*

.265 AVG, 23 HR, 55 RBI

1B Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians*

.302 AVG, 19 HR, 52 RBI

3B Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox

.331 AVG, 16 HR, 61 RBI

Notable Omissions: Xander Bogaerts – Red Sox, Tim Anderson – White Sox, Yoan Moncada – White Sox, Jose Abreu – White Sox, Francisco Lindor – Indians, Hunter Dozier – Royals, Adalberto Mondesi – Royals, Luke Voit – Yankees, Marcus Semien – Athletics, Brandon Lowe – Rays,

Outfielders/DH

Trey Mancini – Baltimore Orioles

.297 AVG, 17 HR, 40 RBI

J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox* (as DH)

.300 AVG, 18 HR, 48 RBI

Michael Brantley – Houston Astros*

.318 AVG, 12 HR, 46 RBI

George Springer – Houston Astros*

.302 AVG, 18 HR, 45 RBI

Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels*

.299 AVG, 26 HR, 63 RBI

Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels

.309 AVG, 13 HR, 36 RBI

Domingo Santana – Seattle Mariners

.281 AVG, 18 HR, 63 RBI

Notable Omissions: Joey Gallo – Rangers, Hunter Pence – Rangers, Tommy Pham – Rays, Austin Meadows – Rays, Max Kepler – Twins, Eddie Rosario – Twins, Nelson Cruz – Twins

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