NEW YORK – A year after Shohei Ohtani became the first two-way All-Star in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels sensation did it again.
Ohtani was selected to the American League pitching team on Sunday as a Major League Baseball team, two days after being selected by the fans to begin as a designated hitter.
Pitchers Clay Holmes, Gerrit Cole, and Nestor Cortes formed the Yankees’ AL team along with receiver Jose Trevino, giving New York six All-Stars for the first time since 2011. Gardeners Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were named starters. .
Defending American League champion Houston has five All-Stars, with pitchers Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez, outfielder Kyle Tucker and designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, along with starting second baseman Jose Altuve. Alvarez entered the injured list on Sunday for an inflammation of his right hand.
The Atlanta World Series champion also has five. Pitcher Max Fried, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, shortstop Dansby Swanson and DH Willam Contreras joined in-rookie-elect Ronald Acuña Jr.
Contreras will be the National League DH instead of Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper, who was named starter but broke his left thumb on June 25th.
Contreras joins Chicago Cubs receiver Willson Contreras as the first All-Star Game brothers since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003. They will be only the fifth brothers to start an All-Star Game after Mort and Walker Cooper in 1942. “43 years, Dixie and Harry Walker in 1947, Joe and Dom DiMaggio in 1949 and Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992.
Pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin were chosen from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who host the All-Star Game on July 19, joining linebacker Mookie Betts and short stop Trea Turner. Kershaw was picked by MLB and is the favorite to open the mound for the National League, which has lost eight consecutive All-Star Games and 20 of the last 23 played by decision.
The New York Mets, St. Louis and Toronto also have four All-Stars.
Seattle outfielder Julio Rodriguez was the only rookie chosen and, at 21, is the youngest of the All-Stars this year. There are 30 All-Stars for the first time and Rodriguez, who debuted on April 8, is 10 years old at 24 or less.
Ohtani, the reigning AL MVP, bats .260 with 19 homers and 59 RBIs and has an 8-4 record with an effectiveness of 2.44, 111 strikeouts and 20 tickets in 81 innings. He won five straight openings and comes from a Wednesday outing in Miami when he became the first player in Major League history to hit 10 batters, in two runs and steal a base.
In AL’s 5-2 win last year in Colorado, Ohtani threw a 1-2-3 in the first inning when retiring Fernando Tatis Jr., Max Muncy and Nolan Arenado, and left twice.
Detroit’s first bassist, Miguel Cabrera, is the senior All-Star with 12 selections and St. John’s DH. Louis Albert Pujols is second with 11, both elections for baseball commissioner Rob Manfred under a provision for professional achievement in the new collective agreement.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is next with 10, followed by Kershaw and Verlander with nine each. The trout was collected for the ninth time in a row.
The American League pitchers chosen as starters were Emmanuel Class of Cleveland, Jorge Lopez of Baltimore, Alek Manoah of Toronto, Shane McClanahan of Tampa Bay along with Cole, Cortes, Holmes and Verlander.
The National League pitchers chosen by the players were Sandy Alcantara of Miami, Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader of Milwaukee, Edwin Diaz of the Mets, Ryan Helsley of St. Louis and Joe Musgrove of San Diego along with Fried and Gonsolin.
The American League position players chosen by their colleagues were Minnesota infielder Luis Arraez, Cleveland second baseman Andrés Giménez and third baseman José Ramírez, Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts and Minnesota fielders Byron Buxton and George Springer of Toronto along with Alvarez, Treviño and Tucker.
The National League position players selected by the players were Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and St. Paul’s quarterback Mars, St. Paul’s third baseman. Louis Nolan Arenado and Philadelphia gardeners Kyle Schwarber and Chicago Cubs Ian Happ along with d’Arnaud, Contreras and Swanson.
MLB has called up seven American League players, with Ohtani, Rodriguez and Valdez alongside pitchers Paul Blackburn of Oakland, Gregory Soto of Detroit and Martin Perez of Texas along with Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
MLB’s NL options included Pittsburgh’s David Bednar, Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Arizona’s Joe Mantiply and Kershaw for pitching staff along with Colorado first baseman CJ Cron and Washington gardener Juan Soto.
It must include at least one player from all 30 teams. Twenty-eight All-Stars were born out of the 50 states.
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