Astros Land 6 on All-Star Team; Rockies, Dodgers, Brewers Lead NL with 4 Each
From the offices of Major League Baseball
The Houston Astros landed an All-Star high six players on the American League roster for this year's game in Cleveland, inlcuding right-handed pitchers Gerrit Cole, Ryan Pressly and Justin Verlander, along with third baseman Alex Bregman, and outfielders Michael Brantley and George Springer, who were elected to the starting lineup by the fans.
The Rockies, Brewers and Dodgers each placed four players on the NL roster, including Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was selected for the fifth consecutive year, the third year in a row as a starter. Only Angels outfielder Mike Trout, making the roster for the eighth consecutive season, and Nationals' pitcher Max Scherzer, who is on the roster for the seventh conecutive season, have more All-Star experience among this year's All-Stars.
The starting lineups for both leagues were selected by the fans, and the reserves were selected in a vote of players, managers and coaches. Major League Baseball was involved in selections to ensure at least one player from all 30 teams was selected.
MLB used five of the six remaining for Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor, plus five players who will be their team's only representaive -- Tigers reliever Shane Greene, Orioles starting pitcher John Means, Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, Royals infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield, and Mariners first baseman/DH Daniel Vogelbach.
Among the eight selections left for the National League to determine are right-handed pitcher Sandy Alcantara of the Marlins and infielder Paul DeJong of the Cardinals, their team's only represenative.
The Astros have six players for the third consecutive seasons, while the Brewers, who sent five players to the All-Star game last year, have four this year, the first time they have had four or more selecitons in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1982-83.
Three rookies were added to the roster -- Pete Alonso of the Mets, Mike Soroka of the Braves, and John Means of the Orioles. Alonso joins Hall of Famer Tom Seaver (1967) and Dwight Gooden (1984) as the only Mets' rookies to earn an All-Star invitation. Means is the first Orioles' rookie to be selected since Ron Hansen and Chuck Estrada in 1960. Soroka is the Braves first rookie All-Star since Craig Kimbrel in 2011.
The rookies are among 31 first-time All-Stars -- 16 in the American League and 15 in the National League -- and among 33 players who are 28 or younger.
The NL starting lineup, with an average age of 25.75 years, is the youngest in All-Star history. The AL had the previous record at 26.4 years in 2017.
There are 15 foreign-born players on the All-Star rosters (9 NL, 6 AL), including players from the Dominican Republic (6), Cuba (3), Puerto Rico (2), Venezuela (2), Canada (1) and South Korea (1).
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is just the fourth Korean-born player to make the All-Star team, joining Shin-Soo Choo (2018), Chan Ho Park (2001) and Byung-Hyun Kim (2002).