Monday, July 15, 2013

2013 All-Star Game Lineups

Bruce Bochy and Jim Leyland announced their starting lineups for Tuesday's All-Star Game at Citi Field:

American League

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

National League

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)
Leon Wagner 1963
Don Baylor 1979
Garret Anderson 2003
Vladimir Guerrero 2006
Mike Trout 2013

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

Joe Gordon 1939
Joe Gordon 1940
Joe Gordon 1942
Bobby Richardson 1964
Willie Randolph 1977
Willie Randolph 1980
Willie Randolph 1981
Willie Randolph 1987
Steve Sax 1990
Alfonso Soriano 2002
Alfonso Soriano 2003
Robinson Cano 2010
Robinson Cano 2011
Robinson Cano 2012
Robinson Cano 2013

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

George Kell 1947
George Kell 1949
George Kell 1950
George Kell 1951
Ray Boone 1954
Miguel Cabrera 2013

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

Jim Gentile 1962
Jim Gentile 1962
Boog Powell 1969
Boog Powell 1970
Eddie Murray
Chris Davis

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

Joe Carter 1992
Joe Carter 1993
Jose Bautista 2011
Jose Bautista 2012
Jose Bautista 2013

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

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

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

Adam Jones 2013

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)
Earl Battey 1963
Earl Battey 1965
Joe Mauer 2008
Joe Mauer 2009
Joe Mauer 2010
Joe Mauer 2013

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)
Bobby Grich 1972
Cal Ripken 1984
Cal Ripken 1985
Cal Ripken 1986
Cal Ripken 1987
Cal Ripken 1988
Cal Ripken 1989
Cal Ripken 1990
Cal Ripken 1991
Cal Ripken 1992
Cal Ripken 1993
Cal Ripken 1994
Cal Ripken 1995
Cal Ripken 1996
Cal Ripken 2001
Miguel Tejada 2005
J.J. Hardy 2013

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

Lonny Frey 1939
Lonny Frey 1941
Johnny Temple 1956
Johnny Temple 1957
Johnny Temple 1959 (1)
Johnny Temple 1959 (2)
Pete Rose 1965
Tommy Helms 1968
Joe Morgan 1972
Joe Morgan 1973
Joe Morgan 1974
Joe Morgan 1975
Joe Morgan 1976
Joe Morgan 1977
Joe Morgan 1978
Brandon Phillips 2013

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

Enos Slaughter 1948
Enos Slaughter 1952
Enos Slaughter 1953
Stan Musial 1954
Stan Musial 1956
Lance Berkman 2011
Carlos Beltran 2012
Carlos Beltran 2013

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

Frank McCormick 1938
Frank McCormick 1939
Ted Kluszewski 1953
Ted Kluszewski 1954
Ted Kluszewski 1955
Joey Votto 2012
Joey Votto 2013

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

Howard Johnson 1989
David Wright 2006
David Wright 2007
David Wright 2009
David Wright 2010
David Wright 2013

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

Carlos Gonzalez 2013

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

Jimmie Wilson 1933
Walker Cooper 1942
Walker Cooper 1943
Walker Cooper 1944
Ted Simmons 1978
Yadier Molina 2009
Yadier Molina 2010
Yadier Molina 2013

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

Troy Tulowitzki 2011
Troy Tulowitzki 2013

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

Larry Walker 2001
Carlos Gonzalez 2012
Michael Cuddyer 2013

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

Bryce Harper2013

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.

Hal Newhouser 1947
Jim Bunning 1957
Jim Bunning 1961 (2)
Jim Bunning 1962 (1)
Denny McLain 1966
Mark Fidrych 1976
Jack Morris 1981
Jack Morris 1985
Kenny Rogers 2006
Justin Verlander 2012
Max Scherzer 2013

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.

Tom Seaver 1970
Dwight Gooden 1986
Dwight Gooden 1988
Matt Harvey 2013

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).

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