Judge and Stanton will start for AL in All-Star Game
By The New York Times
The New York Yankees will have two-thirds of the American League’s starting outfield in this year’s All-Star Game, with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton taking the corner spots on either side of Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.
It will be the first time the Yankees have had two starting outfielders in the All-Star Game since Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson started for the AL in 1988.
The starting lineups for the game, which will be held on July 19 at Dodger Stadium, were announced late last week by Major League Baseball. In addition to the Yankees sluggers, the local clubs will be represented well. Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani and Trout will represent the Angels as starters and outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Trea Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers will both start for the NL.
Notably absent are any starters from the New York Mets, who were 2 1/2 games behind the Dodgers for the best record in the NL, through Friday, but will have to wait to see who from their roster will be selected as reserves after Pete Alonso was beaten out by Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals as the NL’s starting first baseman.
Catcher: Alejandro Kirk, Toronto Blue Jays; 1st Base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays; 2nd Base: José Altuve, Houston Astros; 3rd Base: Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox; Shortstop: Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox; Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees; Mike Trout, Angels; Aaron Judge, Yankees; Designated Hitter: Shohei Ohtani, Angels
Legacy Pick: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Catcher: Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs; 1st Base: Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals; 2nd Base: Jazz Chisholm, Miami Marlins; 3rd Base: Manny Machado, San Diego Padres; Shortstop: Trea Turner, Dodgers; Outfield: Joc Pederson, San Francisco Giants; Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves; Mookie Betts, Dodgers; Designated Hitter: Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
Legacy Pick: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
In addition to the 18 starters, Commissioner Rob Manfred named Albert Pujols of the Cardinals and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers to their respective All-Star teams as legacy picks. Pujols said this will be his final season, while Cabrera may play another year.
“I’ve always looked up to Albert,” Cabrera told reporters Friday. “I’ve always followed his career. He’s one of the best hitters I’ve ever seen in my life. To be part of this together is going to be great.”
The pitchers and reserve players for the game will be announced on Sunday. The NL will also need to select a replacement for Harper, who were to miss the game after having surgery on his thumb.