MLB All-Star Game rosters feature the game's biggest stars


With Lexington in 2010, Jose Altuve batted.308 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs in 94 games before being promoted. Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez was voted into the same role for the All-Star Game. The All-Star festivities begin with the Futures Game on Sunday, July 15.

Another All-Star game roster is released, and another round of players are scratching their heads wondering why they were left off the team. It's the second All-Star selection for Springer. We take a look at some of the top players who will be taking part in this star studded match.

Second baseman Jose Altuve, who is making his sixth All-Star appearance and fifth consecutive, was selected as a starter.

Before the American League and National League play the Midsummer Classic, the rosters have to be staffed.

Bregman, who was the AL Player of the Month for June, is the sole first-time All-Star for the Astros this year. The 34-year-old Markakis played in 1,928 career Major League Baseball games before earning his first All-Star bid, which is a record. The Cubs will have two starters in catcher Willson Contreras and second baseman Javier Baez, with the rest of the starting roster consisting of Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.

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Roberts and A.J. Hinch, the manager of the Houston Astros and American League all-stars, will select the starting pitchers. Snell's 5.819 hits allowed per nine innings is third-fewest in baseball, too. He has 13 holds on the year, just like Jimenez.

The American League's ERA leader isn't an All-Star.

It was also a bit odd to see starting pitchers Jose Berrios (8-7, 3.54 ERA with the Minnesota Twins) and J.A. Happ (10-4, 4.03 ERA with the Toronto Blue Jays) earn spots in the AL, but it's likely due to the fact that every Major League Baseball team needs at least one representative in the game.

Nonetheless, a lot of adjustments will be made from now until the day of the big game, so there's a chance that some of the snubbed players listed above find themselves in the nation's capital.