The MLB 2022 All-Star Game will take place at Dodger Stadium in less than two weeks on July 19. As of Friday, 8 July, the league has completed the fan vote and announced the 2022 MLB All-Star Game lineup.
14 different franchises were represented between this year's selected starters led by the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers with two All-Star starters each. Furthermore, pitchers and reserves for both teams with a total of 24 players for each side will be determined through the Player Balot and selection made by the Commissioner's Office.
The full roster will be released on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET, followed by the All-Star Future Game on Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m. ET, and the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
1B: Vlad Guerrero Jr. from Blue Jays
2B: Jose Altuve from Houston Astros
SS: Tim Anderson from Chicago White Sox
3B: Rafael Devers from Boston Red Sox
C: Alejandro Kirk from Blue Jays
DH: Shohei Ohtani from Angels
OFs: Giancarlo Stanton from Yankees, Mike Trout from Angels, and Aaron Judge from Yankees.
1B: Paul Goldschmidt from St. Louis Cardinals
2B: Jazz Chisholm Jr. from Miami Marlins
SS: Trea Turner from Los Angeles Dodgers
3B: Manny Machado from San Diego Padres
C: Willson Contreras Chicago Cubs
DH: Bryce Harper from Philadelphia Phillies, is injured and will be replaced.
OFs: Joc Pederson from Giants, Ronald Acuña Jr. from Atlanta Braves, and Mookie Betts from Dodgers
The selection of the All-Star Game starter is usually the first confirmation for the players on the roster. MLB, on the other hand, conducted things a little differently this time.
Judge and Ronald have accepted the starting position as the primary voter in the first stage of the process. This vote was Judge's fourth career and Ronald's third. Additionally, Trout also led the field with a 10th career All-Star selection followed by Paul and Altuve in their eighth career.
Furthermore, the new thing presented by MLB is related to collective bargaining. The most recent collective bargaining agreement says that commissioners can choose to add one player to each roster. This is done in order to recognize the career achievements of each player.
The clause reads, "In addition to the 32 players selected for the All-Star Game, the Commissioner may choose to add one player to each League roster. This is intended in recognition of each player's career achievements. If special circumstances allow, the Commissioner may choose more than one player for each league roster."
This agreement allows Rob Manfred as MLB commissioner to add one player to each roster. Previously, Manfred had named Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera to the All-Star roster.
This year, Pujols and Cabrera will end their careers. Pujols, who has hit a record 445 home runs and 1,329 RBI in 1,705 games with the Cardinals, will return to the Cardinals and plans to retire after this season. While Cabrera, who has won seven All-Star selections, two MVP awards, and five Silver Slugger awards will retire after his contract expires after the 2023 season.
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