Mike Trout, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Chris Davis, 1B
Jose Bautista, RF
David Ortiz, DH
Adam Jones, CF
Joe Mauer, C
J.J. Hardy, SS
Max Scherzer, SP
Brandon Phillips, 2B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Joey Votto, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Gonzalez, LF
Yadier Molina, C
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Michael Cuddyer, DH
Bryce Harper, CF
Matt Harvey, 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.
Los Angeles Angels ASG Starting LF
|Leon Wagner||1962 (1)|
|Leon Wagner||1962 (2)|
Two other Angels have started the All-Star Game and batted first. SS Jim Fregosi did it in 1964 and 1968 and 1B Rod Carew did it in 1981 and 1983. Other Angels starting outfielders are Albie Pearson (1963 CF), Fred Lynn (1982, 1983 CF), Reggie Jackson (1982, 1984 RF) and Guerrero (2004, 2005, 2007 RF).
At 21 years and 343 days, Trout will be the youngest player to start an All-Star Game since Ivan Rodriguez in 1993 (21 years, 228 days). Bryce Harper (20 years, 273 days) will pass Rodriguez as well as Trout at the same time as he'll be standing in center field at first pitch. There will be more on Harper when we get to his entry below.
New York Yankees ASG Starting 2B
A Yankees second baseman has started the All-Star Game 15 times, only the Cubs and Reds (16) have sent more.
Detroit Tigers ASG Starting 3B
The Tigers end a long drought here, as Miggy is the first Motor City hot cornerman to start for the American League since the Eisenhower Administration. The Orioles have had the most All-Star starting 3B's with 17 (Brooks Robinson 11, Cal Ripken 4, Kell 2).
Baltimore Orioles ASG Starting 1B
It's worth noting that St. Louis Browns 1B George McQuinn started the 1944 All-Star Game. He wasn't an Oriole, but the Browns are included in the franchise history. Crush Davis is the first Oriole to bat cleanup at the Midsummer Classic since Cal Ripken in 1990. Baltimore has a long way to go to catch up to the Yankees, who have had the most AL 1B starters with 17 (Lou Gehrig 5, Bill Skowron 4, McQuinn 2, Jason Giambi 2, Joe Pepitone, Don Mattingly, Tino Martinez, Mark Teixeira).
Toronto Blue Jays ASG Starting RF
Bautista starts his third straight All-Star Game. George Bell (1987 LF), Joe Carter (1994 LF) and Vernon Wells (2006 CF) have also represented the Jays in the outfield.
Boston Red Sox ASG Starting DH
All Big Papi here, as Ortiz ties Edgar Martinez for the most All-Star starts at designated hitter. The only other player to start there more than once is Albert Pujols (2005 and 2008).
Baltimore Orioles ASG Starting CF
Jones becomes the first O's center fielder to start the All-Star Game. Another Browns note here though as Chet Laabs started the 1943 game. Other Baltimore outfield starters are Frank Robinson (1966 LF, 1969-71 RF), Ken Singleton (1981), Brady Anderson (1996 RF, 1997 LF). Browns LF Sam West started the game in 1937.
Minnesota Twins ASG Starting C
|Earl Battey||1962 (1)|
|Earl Battey||1962 (2)|
Mauer and Battey account for all eight Minnesota starts behind the dish with four apiece. Jake Early started the game in 1943 as a member of the Washington Senators. The Yankees have 24 All-Star starts at catcher (Yogi Berra 11, Bill Dickey 6, Thurman Munson 3, Jorge Posada 2, Rollie Helmsley, Elston Howard).
Baltimore Orioles ASG Starting SS
|Ron Hansen||1960 (1)|
|Ron Hansen||1960 (2)|
As you may expect, the O's have the most All-Star starting shortstops in A.L. history. Cal Ripken has 14 of the 19, with Hansen starting both games in 1960 and Grich, Tejada and Hardy making one each. The Cardinals (23) have the most shortstop starts in the majors (Ozzie Smith 11, Marty Marion 5, Dick Groat 2, Edgar Renteria 2, Leo Durocher, David Eckstein, Rafael Furcal).
Cincinnati Reds ASG Starting 2B
|Johnny Temple||1959 (1)|
|Johnny Temple||1959 (2)|
Phillips is the first Red to lead off for the Senior Circuit since Barry Larkin in 2000. Cincy's 16 keystone-corner starts are the most in the bigs along with the Cubs. Chicago had nine starts by Ryne Sandberg, five by Billy Herman and two by Glenn Beckert.
St. Louis Cardinals ASG Starting RF
The Cards hold down right field for the third straight year and Beltran gets the nod for the second consecutive year. With 37 All-Star starts in the outfield, St. Louis trails the Giants by one for the most ever in the N.L.
Cincinnati Reds ASG Starting 1B
Three Reds first baseman have started the game, all with at least two consecutive starts. We'll see if Votto can match Big Klu next summer. He's the first Red to bat third for the N.L. since George Foster in 1978. The Giants and Cardinals have had the starting first baseman most often with 21 starts each. The Giants 21 were by Johnny Mize 5, Orlando Cepeda 4, Willie McCovey 4, Will Clark 4, Bill Terry 3 and Whitey Lockman 1. The Cardinals starts were from Stan Musial 4, Albert Pujols 4, Mize 3, Bill White 3, Mark McGwire 2, Ripper Collins, Cepeda, Dick Allen, Jack Clark and Gregg Jefferies).
New York Mets ASG Starting 3B
Wright becomes the third Met to bat cleanup in the All-Star Game, joining Gary Carter (1986) and Darryl Strawberry (1988). Johnson was actually selected to start the 1989 game by manager Tommy Lasorda. The fans voted in Mike Schmidt, who had retired that May.
Colorado Rockies ASG Starting LF
CarGo is the first Rockie to start in left field. Larry Walker made three starts elsewhere in the outfield (1997 RF, 1998 CF, 1999 RF) while Dante Bichette (1996) and Matt Holliday (2008) also started in right.
St. Louis Cardinals ASG Starting C
Yadi joins Walker Cooper as the only Cards catchers to start three All-Star Games. Cincinnati has had the most in the N.L. with 15 (Johnny Bench 10, Ernie Lombardi 3, Ed Bailey 2).
Colorado Rockies ASG Starting SS
Tulo is in there for the second time in three years. His health made him a questionable start before his return this weekend and it was a possibility that Jean Segura would replace him in the starting lineup. But Segura will back him up as Robin Yount remains the only Brewers shortstop to start an All-Star Game (1982-83).
Colorado Rockies ASG Starting DH
A Mile-High batter is at DH for the N.L. for the second straight year. The Cardinals are the only other N.L. club with three All-Star starters at DH (Pedro Guerrero 1989 and Pujols 2005, 2008).
Washington Nationals ASG Starting CF
Harper is the first National to start in center, but three Expos did. Andre Dawson did it three straight years from 1981-83, Marquis Grissom got the nod in 1993 and Vladimir Guerrero did in 2002.
At 20 years and 273 days, Harper will be the youngest player to ever start an All-Star Game for the National League, beating Fernando Valenzuela by eight days. He's the fourth-youngest overall, with Ken Griffey Jr., Al Kaline and Jerry Walker ahead of him. Walker was the youngest at 20 years and 172 days. The Orioles righty started the second All-Star Game in 1959 and picked up the win.
Harper (20.273) and Trout (21.343) will be the third pair of players to start an All-Star Game at 21 years of age or younger. You may recognize the first two: Eddie Mathews and Mickey Mantle in 1953 and Al Kaline and Frank Robinson in 1956.
And last but not least, the starting pitchers. Max Scherzer gets the ball for the Junior Circuit and it marks the 11th time that a Tiger will start on the mound.
|Jim Bunning||1961 (2)|
|Jim Bunning||1962 (1)|
After Verlander's start last year, this is the 13th time that a team has had two different pitchers start consecutive All-Star Games.
|Years||Team||First Game||Second Game|
|1935-36||Cardinals||Bill Walker||Dizzy Dean|
|1938-39||Reds||Johnny Vander Meer||Paul Derringer|
|1938-39||Yankees||Lefty Gomez||Red Ruffing|
|1951-52||Phillies||Robin Roberts||Curt Simmons|
|1952-53||Phillies||Curt Simmons||Robin Roberts|
|1960||Pirates||Bob Friend||Vern Law|
|1962||Dodgers||Don Drysdale||Johnny Podres|
|1963-64||Angels||Ken McBride||Dean Chance|
|1972-73||Cardinals||Bob Gibson||Rick Wise|
|1989-90||Athletics||Dave Stewart||Bob Welch|
|1996-97||Braves||John Smoltz||Greg Maddux|
|2001-02||Diamondbacks||Randy Johnson||Curt Schilling|
|2012-13||Tigers||Justin Verlander||Max Scherzer|
The Reds and Yankees did it in the same two years in 1938 and 1939. The Phillies make the list for doing it three straight years from 1951-53, going Roberts-Simmons-Roberts. The Yankees are the team with the most pitching starts at the All-Star Game with 19 (Lefty Gomez 5, Whitey Ford 3, Red Ruffing 2, Vic Raschi 2, Spud Chandler, Hank Borowy, Bob Turley, Mel Stottlemyre, Jimmy Key, David Wells, Roger Clemens).
Earlier today, I wrote about Matt Harvey and home team pitchers starting the game. He's the 11th host pitcher to start and the third Met to receive the honor.
The N.L. team with the most starting pitcher appearances at the All-Star Game is the Dodgers with 14 (Don Drysdale 5, Whit Wyatt, Ralph Branca, Johnny Podres, Sandy Koufax, Andy Messersmith, Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela, Hideo Nomo and Brad Penny).