Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 All-Star Game Lineups

Ned Yost and Terry Collins have penciled in their starting lineups for Tuesday's All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego:

American League

Jose Altuve, 2B
Mike Trout, CF
Manny Machado, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Mookie Betts, RF
Salvador Perez, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF 

Chris Sale, SP 

National League

Ben Zobrist, 2B
Bryce Harper, RF
Kris Bryant, 3B
Wil Myers, DH
Buster Posey, C
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Marcell Ozuna, CF
Carlos Gonzalez, LF
Addison Russell, SS
Johnny Cueto, SP   

Let's go around the diamond for both squads and see who previously started an All-Star Game for that player's club at his position.

If you'd like to guess the players first, play this Sporcle quiz here.

Houston Astros ASG Starting Second Basemen

Craig Biggio 1995
Craig Biggio 1996
Craig Biggio 1997
Craig Biggio 1998
Jeff Kent 2004
Jose Altuve 2015
Jose Altuve 2016

Altuve is the second Astro to bat leadoff in an All-Star Game. Fellow second baseman Craig Biggio did it in 1997 and 1998.
Los Angeles Angels ASG Starting Center Fielders

Albie Pearson 1963
Fred Lynn 1982
Fred Lynn 1983
Mike Trout 2015
Mike Trout 2016

Trout makes his fourth straight start and his second in center field. Trout matches the record for most All-Star starts by an Angel, joining Rod Carew (1980-81, 1983-84) and Vladimir Guerrero (2004-07).

Baltimore Orioles ASG Starting Third Basemen

George Kell 1956
George Kell 1957
Brooks Robinson 1961 (1)
Brooks Robinson 1961 (2)
Brooks Robinson 1964
Brooks Robinson 1965
Brooks Robinson 1966
Brooks Robinson 1967
Brooks Robinson 1968
Brooks Robinson 1971
Brooks Robinson 1972
Brooks Robinson 1973
Brooks Robinson 1974
Cal Ripken 1997
Cal Ripken 1998
Cal Ripken
Cal Ripken
Manny Machado 2016

Machado is the first Oriole to man the hot corner since Cal Ripken in 2001. At 24 years and 6 days old, he's the youngest starting third baseman since George Brett in 1976 (23.059).

Boston Red Sox ASG Starting Designated Hitters

David Ortiz 2005
David Ortiz 2011
David Ortiz 2012
David Ortiz 2013
David Ortiz 2016

Ortiz joins this list of 40-somethings to start an All-Star Game.

Boston Red Sox ASG Starting Shortstops

Joe Cronin 1935
Joe Cronin 1937
Joe Cronin 1938
Joe Cronin 1939
Joe Cronin 1941
Johnny Pesky 1946
Rico Petrocelli 1967
Rico Petrocelli 1969
Luis Aparicio 1971
Rick Burleson 1977
Nomar Garciaparra 1999
Xander Bogaerts 2016

At 23, Bogaerts would be the youngest starting shortstop since Jimmy Rollins in 2002, if not for his counterpart, 22-year-old Addison Russell. This is the first All-Star Game in which both starting shortstops are 23 or younger.

Kansas City Royals ASG Starting First Baseman

John Mayberry 1977
Eric Hosmer 2016

This is only the second start by a Kansas City first baseman, with John Mayberry getting the previous nod in 1977.

Boston Red Sox ASG Starting Right Fielders

Doc Cramer 1939
Dom DiMaggio 1949
Jackie Jensen 1958
Tony Conigliaro 1967
Jim Rice 1979
Mookie Betts 2016

Boston has had six different players make one start each in right field. Like Bogaerts, Betts is 23 years old, but since he's six days younger, he'll be the youngest Red Sox starter since Roger Clemens in 1986.

Kansas City Royals ASG Starting Catchers

Darrell Porter 1979
Salvador Perez 2014
Salvador Perez 2015
Salvador Perez 2016

Perez makes his third straight start behind the plate. George Brett (9, 1976-79, 1981-85) is the only other Royal to start in multiple All-Star Games.

Boston Red Sox ASG Starting Left Fielders

Ted Williams 1940
Ted Williams 1941
Ted Williams 1942
Bob Johnson 1944
Ted Williams 1946
Ted Williams 1947
Ted Williams 1949
Ted Williams 1950
Ted Williams 1951
Ted Williams 1955
Ted Williams 1956
Ted Williams 1957
Ted Williams 1959 (2)
Carl Yastrzemski 1967
Carl Yastrzemski 1971
Carl Yastrzemski 1972
Jim Rice 1978
Jim Rice 1983
Jim Rice 1985
Carl Everett 2000
Manny Ramirez 2001
Manny Ramirez 2002
Manny Ramirez 2004
Manny Ramirez 2005
Manny Ramirez 2008
Jason Bay 2009
Jackie Bradley Jr. 2016

The Red Sox are the third team to have an All-Star starter at shortstop and both outfield corners. The 1967 Red Sox had Rico Petrocelli, Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro, and the 1975 Athletics had Bert Campaneris, Joe Rudi and Reggie Jackson.

With Ortiz, Bogaerts, Betts and Bradley, the Red Sox have four All-Star starters for the first time since 2005, when they had Johnny Damon, Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Jason Varitek.

Chicago White Sox ASG Starting Pitchers

Billy Pierce 1953
Billy Pierce 1955
Billy Pierce 1956
Early Wynn 1959 (1)
Esteban Loaiza 2003
Mark Buehrle 2005
Chris Sale 2016

This is Sale's fifth straight All-Star selection, but his first start. He's had four straight top six finishes in the A.L. Cy Young voting, maybe this is the year he finally wins it.

And now for the National League:

Chicago Cubs ASG Starting Second Basemen

Billy Herman 1935
Billy Herman 1936
Billy Herman 1937
Billy Herman 1938
Billy Herman 1940
Glenn Beckert 1970
Glenn Beckert 1971
Ryne Sandberg 1984
Ryne Sandberg 1986
Ryne Sandberg 1987
Ryne Sandberg 1988
Ryne Sandberg 1989
Ryne Sandberg 1990
Ryne Sandberg 1991
Ryne Sandberg 1992
Ryne Sandberg 1993
Ben Zobrist 2016

Zobrist is the third Cub to lead off for the Senior Circuit and the first since Stan Hack in 1943. Augie Galan did it in 1936 and Hack was first in 1938, 1939, 1941 and 1943.

This will be the fourth All-Star Game with both second basemen leading off. The other years were 1934 (Charlie Gehringer & Frankie Frisch), 1972 (Rod Carew & Joe Morgan) and 1980 (Willie Randolph & Davey Lopes).

Washington Nationals ASG Starting Right Fielders

Bryce Harper 2015
Bryce Harper 2016

Last year, Harper was the first Nationals (or Expos) player to start an All-Star Game in right field. 
Chicago Cubs ASG Starting Third Basemen

Stan Hack 1938
Stan Hack 1939
Stan Hack 1941
Stan Hack 1943
Andy Pafko 1948
Ron Santo 1966
Ron Santo 1968
Ron Santo 1969
Ron Santo 1973
Aramis Ramirez 2005
Kris Bryant 2016

With Bryant (24) and Manny Machado (24), this is the first All-Star Game in which both starting third basemen are 24 or younger.

San Diego Padres ASG Starting Designated Hitters

Tony Gwynn1997
Wil Myers 2016

With the game in San Diego, let's take a look at players from the hosting team that started in the cleanup spot:

Bill Dickey (1939 Yankees)
Johnny Mize (1940 Cardinals)
Johnny Mize (1942 Giants)
Ted Kluszewki (1953 Reds)
Mickey Mantle (1960 Yankees)
Orlando Cepeda (1961 Giants)
Tony Perez (1970 Reds)
Steve Garvey (1980 Dodgers)
Fred McGriff (1992 Padres)
Bret Boone (2001 Mariners)
Jason Bay (2006 Pirates)
Alex Rodriguez (2008 Yankees)
David Wright (2013 Mets)

McGriff makes the list for hitting fourth in 1992, the last time the Padres hosted the game. This is the only other time that a San Diego player started in the fourth slot.

Here are the 12 host players to hit a home run:

Joe DiMaggio (1939 Yankees)
Ted Williams (1946 Red Sox) (hit two)
Vic Wertz (1951 Tigers)
George Kell (1951 Tigers)
Al Rosen (1954 Indians) (hit two)
Larry Doby (1954 Indians)
Jim Gilliam (1959 Dodgers)
Harmon Killebrew (1965 Twins)
Frank Howard (1969 Senators)
Hank Aaron (1972 Braves)
Sandy Alomar Jr. (1997 Indians)
Chipper Jones (2000 Braves)

The two host players to be named Most Valuable Player are Sandy Alomar Jr. (1997 Indians) and Pedro Martinez (1999 Red Sox).

Fellow Padre Drew Pomeranz joins Frazier on the N.L. squad. Six host pitchers have picked up the win:

Johnny Vander Meer (1939 Reds)
Gene Conley (1955 Braves)
Stu Miller (1961 Giants)
Jerry Reuss (1980 Dodgers)
Jimmy Key (1991 Blue Jays)
Pedro Martinez (1999 Red Sox)

Five host pitchers have taken the loss:

Don Newcombe (1949 Dodgers)
Don Drysdale (1959 Dodgers)
Whitey Ford (1960 Yankees)
Jay Howell (1987 Athletics)
Roger Clemens (2004 Astros)

Five host pitchers have recorded a save:

Mel Harder (1935 Indians)
Billy O'Dell (1958 Orioles)
Mickey Lolich (1971 Tigers)
Kazahiro Sasaki (2001 Mariners)
Glen Perkins (2014 Twins)
San Francisco Giants ASG Starting Catchers

Walker Cooper 1946
Walker Cooper 1947
Walker Cooper 1948
Ed Bailey 1963
Buster Posey 2012
Buster Posey 2015
Buster Posey 2016

Chicago Cubs ASG Starting First Basemen

Phil Cavarretta 1944
Ernie Banks 1965
Derrek Lee 2005
Anthony Rizzo 2016

This is just the fourth start by a Cubs first baseman. Only two of the original 16 franchises have had fewer All-Star starts at first base. The Pirates have only two (Elbie Fletcher 1943, Dale Long 1956) and the Phillies have just three (Pete Rose 1981-82, John Kruk 1993). The Indians also have only four starts (Al Rosen 1954, Vic Wertz 1957, Jim Thome 1998-99).

Miami Marlins ASG Starting Center Fielders

Marcell Ozuna 2016

Ozuna goes in for the injured Dexter Fowler and makes the the sixth All-Star start by a Marlin. Gary Sheffield was at third base in 1993, Hanley Ramirez was at shortstop in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and Giancarlo Stanton was the DH in 2014. The Padres, Brewers and Rays are now the only three teams that have never had an All-Star starter in center field.

Colorado Rockies ASG Starting Left Fielders 

Carlos Gonzalez 2013
Carlos Gonzalez 2016

We have another injury replacement, as Gonzalez slides into the lineup with Yoenis Cespedes hurt.

Chicago Cubs ASG Starting Shortstops

Ernie Banks 1955
Ernie Banks 1958
Ernie Banks 1959 (1)
Ernie Banks 1959 (2)
Ernie Banks 1960 (1)
Ernie Banks 1960 (2)
Don Kessinger 1968
Don Kessinger 1969
Don Kessinger 1970
Don Kessinger 1972
Addison Russell 2016

At 22, Russell is the youngest starting shortstop since 21-year-old Alex Rodriguez in 1997. He is also the youngest Cub to start for the National League, passing 24-year-olds Augie Galan (1936), Ernie Banks (1955), Ryne Sandberg (1984) and Kris Bryant (2016)

With Bryant, Russell, Zobrist and Rizzo, this will be the second time that an All-Star starting infield has four players from the same team. The 1963 Cardinals had 1B Bill White, 2B Julian Javier, SS Dick Groat and 3B Ken Boyer in the starting lineup.

The only other time the Cubs had four players in the starting lineup was in 1936, with CF Augie Galan, 2B Billy Herman, RF Frank Demaree and C Gabby Hartnett.

This is the ninth All-Star Game with multiple teams putting four or more players in the starting lineup, but only the third since expansion in 1961. The 1980 contest had four Dodgers (Davey Lopes, Reggie Smith, Steve Garvey, Bill Russell) and four Yankees (Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, Graig Nettles, Bucky Dent). Along with the aforementioned Red Sox quartet in 2005, the Cardinals had Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, David Eckstein and Chris Carpenter. 

San Francisco Giants ASG Starting Pitchers

Carl Hubbell 1934
Juan Marichal 1965
Juan Marichal 1967
Vida Blue 1978
Rick Reuschel 1989
Jason Schmidt 2003
Tim Lincecum 2009
Matt Cain 2012
Johnny Cueto 2016

Cueto forms an all-Giants battery with Buster Posey. This is the 35th same-team starting battery, the first since Posey caught Matt Cain in 2012. Cueto is the first pitcher to start the All-Star Game in his first year with a new team since Kenny Rogers did it in 2006 as a Tiger.

This is the second All-Star Game with a Giants/White Sox pitching matchup. Jason Schmidt and Esteban Loaiza earned the starts in 2003.