Several Yankees And Mets Make All-Star Rosters
We've pretty much reached the halfway point of the MLB season, and both New York teams have experienced great success so far - the Yankees sit atop the AL East by six games entering today, and the Mets continue to surprise by staying in contention for the NL East and the NL Wild Card. And yesterday afternoon, both teams were rewarded with multiple selections to the MLB All-Star Game next Tuesday (July 10) in Kansas City.
In the American League, the Yankees landed three players in the starting lineup: shortstop Derek Jeter, second baseman Robinson Cano and centerfielder Curtis Granderson. The only other Yankee named to the All-Star roster was starting pitcher CC Sabathia, but he will not participate in the festivities due to his current injury. The most notable non-Yankee to make the starting lineup was Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who earned a record-breaking total of more than 11 million votes.
American League Starters
- C - Mike Napoli (Texas)
- 1B - Prince Fielder (Detroit)
- 2B - Robinson Cano (NYY)
- SS - Derek Jeter (NYY)
- 3B - Adrian Beltre (Texas)
- OF - Josh Hamilton (Texas), Curtis Granderson (NYY) and Jose Bautista (TOR)
- DH - David Ortiz (Boston)
As for the National League roster, the Mets had two players selected - third baseman David Wright and starting pitcher R.A. Dickey. There's a very good chance that Dickey, the first pitcher in MLB to get to 12 wins this season, or Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals will be the NL starting pitcher. As for Wright, he was somehow surpassed in the final week of voting by Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the starting spot, despite Sandoval missing a month with a broken hand.
National League Starters
- C - Buster Posey (San Francisco)
- 1B - Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
- 2B - Dan Uggla (Atlanta)
- SS - Rafael Furcal (St. Louis)
- 3B - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco)
- OF - Matt Kemp (LA Dodgers), Melky Cabrera (San Francisco) and Carlos Beltran (St. Louis)
For complete All-Star rosters, and to find out the nominees in each league for the "Final Vote" contest, check out MLB.com for details.