|Sunday, June 30
Updated: July 1, 10:45 PM ET
Torre picks five shortstops for American League
NEW YORK -- Bob Brenly and Joe Torre rewarded their own, each taking six players from their teams to the All-Star Game.
Brenly picked six of the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks to come with him to Milwaukee for the All-Star Game on July 9. Three members of the AL champion New York Yankees were voted onto the team and Torre selected three more as reserves.
Torre was criticized last season for selecting seven Yankees. This year, first baseman Jason Giambi, catcher Jorge Posada and second baseman Alfonso Soriano were voted on by the fans, and Torre picked closer Mariano Rivera, shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Robin Ventura.
"My players are qualified to go to the All-Star Game, not just because I pick them,'' said Torre, managing for the game for the fifth time. "My players, if they don't stand up to other players, then I don't take them.''
Brenly, a first-time All-Star manager, took starting pitchers Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, outfielder Luis Gonzalez and three first-timers: closer Byung-Hyun Kim, second baseman Junior Spivey and catcher Damian Miller.
Some of Brenly's players thought infielder Craig Counsell should have gone, too.
"It was extremely tough,'' Brenly said. "There are always some guys who are deserving who aren't going to get to go.''
Boston was the only other team with more than three All-Stars. Outfielder Manny Ramirez and third baseman Shea Hillenbrand were voted on, and pitchers Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe, and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra are reserves.
The NL starters are New York catcher Mike Piazza; Colorado first baseman Todd Helton; Montreal second baseman Jose Vidro and outfielder Vladimir Guerrero; shortstop Jimmy Rollins and third baseman Scott Rolen of Philadelphia; and outfielders Barry Bonds of San Francisco and Sammy Sosa of Chicago.
"The All-Star Game is the best,'' Sosa said. "Going there, showing how hard I've worked, for me, it's something I'm going to go up and enjoy.''
Suzuki was the top vote-getter with 2,516,016 votes. Sosa led the NL with 2,140,315.
There are 25 first-time selections, including four who got voted on by the fans: Hillenbrand, Soriano, Hunter and Rolen.
"I couldn't even imagine being in the position I'm in,'' Hillenbrand said. "It's very gratifying.''
Two notable absences are Mets second baseman Roberto Alomar, who had made the team 12 straight years, and Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who made it 10 consecutive times.
Alomar, hitting just .260, was passed in the voting in the final week by Vidro.
"I think Vidro deserved to be the No. 1 guy,'' Alomar said. "He's having a great year.''
Rodriguez missed nearly two months with an injured back and finished fewer than 19,000 votes behind Posada.
"It's going to be strange because I've been there every year,'' said Rodriguez, who started the last nine All-Star Games, tying Johnny Bench's record for catchers.
Torre dodged a difficult decision of which of the many talented AL shortstops to take by bringing five to Milwaukee. Backing up Rodriguez will be Jeter, Garciaparra, Cleveland's Omar Vizquel and Oakland's Miguel Tejada, who is going for the first time.
One of those players might be forced to play second base, as Soriano has no backup.
"I would play second if they want,'' Vizquel said. "I'd play right field. I don't care. To me, it is the biggest honor to go to an All-Star Game.''
The Yankees became the first AL team since the 1954 White Sox to have All-Stars at all four infield positions and catcher, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"Our infield has hit a lot of home runs. It's special to be a part of,'' Jeter said.
"This is a nice reward,'' said Smoltz, who made it for the first time as a reliever after being picked four times as a starter.
The other first-time NL All-Stars are Los Angeles pitcher Odalis Perez, Florida infielders Luis Castillo and Mike Lowell, Milwaukee infielders Richie Sexson and Jose Hernandez and Cincinnati outfielder Adam Dunn.
"I think my smile was from ear to ear,'' Lowell said. "I was glowing.''
Despite having the worst record in the NL, the Brewers will have two All-Stars for the hometown fans to cheer.
"Maybe you get a little more favoritism when it's in your home park,'' Sexson said.
In the AL, pitchers Mark Buehrle of Chicago, Eddie Guardado of Minnesota, Roy Halladay of Toronto and Barry Zito of Oakland; Minnesota catcher A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko; and outfielders Robert Fick of Detroit, Garret Anderson of Anaheim and Randy Winn of Tampa Bay are going for the first time.
The other NL All-Stars are pitchers Tom Glavine of Atlanta and Matt Morris of St. Louis, San Francisco catcher Benito Santiago, and outfielders Lance Berkman of Houston and Shawn Green of Los Angeles.
There is still one spot open on each team to be determined by fan voting on the Internet over the next two days at MLB.com and ESPN.com. Each manager picked five players for fans to choose from.