Let’s take a look at some of the notable storylines from All-Star Selection Saturday as both leagues announced their rosters for the Midsummer Classic.
Youngsters take center stage
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was elected as an NL starter and will be the youngest player to start for the National League. Harper will be the first position player to play in two All-Star Games before turning 21.
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In the American League, Mike Trout will be the youngest player in Angels history to start an All-Star Game.
His AL teammate, Manny Machado, would be the second-youngest infielder to play in an All-Star Game (a mark currently held by Alex Rodriguez) and the youngest third baseman (a distinction currently held by none other than Albert Pujols)
On Saturday, Machado hit his 39th double of the season. He’s one away from becoming the second player to hit at least 40 doubles before the All-Star Break, joining Edgar Martinez, who hit 42 for the Seattle Mariners in 1996.
There will also be a considerable amount of youth (and inexperience) on the pitching staffs. The two rosters have 19 pitchers who were selected to either their first or second All-Star Game.
There are 30 first-time All-Stars with the potential for a few more based on the Final Vote and injury replacements. The most in any season was the 35 in 2011.
Mariano’s final bow
Mariano Rivera was named to his 13th All-Star Game, the second-most of any pitcher in major-league history, trailing only Warren Spahn’s 17.
Rivera is tied with Derek Jeter and Joe DiMaggio for the third-most selections in Yankees history. Only Mickey Mantle (20) and Yogi Berra (18) have more.
Rivera earned his 29th save on Saturday. That’s tied for his second-most before the All-Star Break, his most since he had 32 in 2004.
Puig’s potential appearance
The NL Final Man vote figures to be a major story the next few days, with Yasiel Puig on the ballot.
PuigThough some such as Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon scoff at Puig’s candidacy, it should be noted that entering Saturday he was tied with Freddie Freeman for the second-most Wins Above Replacment (2.3) of the Final Vote candidates. The only one higher was slightly so—Ian Desmond with 2.7.
Who won’t be there
The All-Star Game will have a veteran presence, but among those who won’t be there …
The top five active leaders in home runs- Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Jason Giambi, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko. In fact, the only player in the top 10 among active players in homers who will be at the game is David Ortiz.
Nor will any of the top 10 active players in hits. Carlos Beltran will be the hits leader among current All-Stars. He’ll be the only one there with at least 2,000.
And only one pitcher with more than 135 career wins will be at Citi Field—Bartolo Colon, who entered Saturday with 182, 47 more than the NL’s top winner, Cliff Lee.