For the 92nd year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball goes to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The last time the mid-summer classic was played in LA was in 1980. 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.
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. Chicago White Sox
The division is theirs for the taking, but can they get to the ALCS and beyond?
2. Detroit Tigers
The prospects are arriving and the pitching staff is beginning to take shape. It’ll be an interesting team to watch.
3. Minnesota Twins
They had an interesting offseason in that they could be a contender for a Wild Card spot, but that remains to be seen.
4. Cleveland Guardians
With a new nickname now comes the same old question of who will be the next big name player to be dealt?
5. Kansas City Royals
They are in a weird transition where they brought back Zack Greinke, but are expecting big things from their prospects as well.
Player to Watch: OF Byron Buxton – Minnesota Twins
Best Acquisition: SS Carlos Correa – Minnesota Twins
New Kid on the Block: SS/3B Bobby Witt Jr. – Kansas City Royals