8 Braves named to All-Star team; Reds’ Diaz selected
Published 8:04 pm Sunday, July 2, 2023
NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani became a two-way All-Star for the third straight year when he was picked for the American League pitching staff on Sunday, and eight Atlanta Braves were chosen for the July 11 game in Seattle — the most of any team since 2012.
Ohtani was elected to the pitching staff by players 10 days after fans voted him to start at designated hitter. Ohtani appeared on the most ballots among AL players. He is the only two-way All-Star in major league history.
“He’s very respectful. He doesn’t do a whole bunch of talking,” AL manager Dusty Baker of Houston said. “He comes to play, and he really handles the notoriety and the publicity with humility and greatness.”
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At the 2021 game in Denver, Ohtani grounded out against Max Scherzer and Corbin Burnes, and pitched a perfect first inning, retiring Fernando Tatis Jr. on a flyout and Max Muncy and Nolan Arenado on groundouts.
Last year at Dodger Stadium, Ohtani singled on Clayton Kershaw’s first pitch of the game and walked against Joe Musgrove. Ohtani didn’t pitch.
Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., shortstop Orlando Arcia and catcher Sean Murphy were elected to the National League starting lineup by fans. They will be joined by five Braves teammates voted in by fellow players: starting pitchers Spencer Strider and Bryce Elder, first baseman Matt Olson, second baseman Ozzie Albies and third baseman Austin Riley.
Atlanta is a major league-best 56-27 after winning 23 of its last 26 games.
“To have eight guys, it’s awesome,” Riley said.
The contingent includes Atlanta’s entire starting infield, a proud accomplishment for Braves coach Ron Washington.
“Washington said this is probably the most emotional day of his career because all of his infielders went to the All-Star Game,” Albies said.
The previous team with eight All-Stars was the 2012 Texas Rangers. It was the first time an NL club had eight picks since the 2008 Chicago Cubs.
Atlanta is the first club with six position players since Boston in 2008.
Texas has six All-Stars this year and the Dodgers five.
Arizona rookie outfielder Corbin Carroll, a Seattle native elected to start, is the youngest All-Star at 22. Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez is the oldest at 35.
Twenty-six players are first-time All-Stars. Angels center fielder Mike Trout has the most All-Star selections with 11, making his 10th trip as a starter.
Starting pitchers Zac Gallen, Kershaw and Marcus Stroman also were voted to the NL staff along with relievers Alexis Díaz, Camilo Doval and Josh Hader.
NL reserves voted in by players included catcher Will Smith, shortstop Dansby Swanson, outfielders Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Nick Castellanos, and designated hitter Jorge Soler.
MLB had six NL picks, using five for players on teams still without All-Stars: pitchers Josiah Gray, Mitch Keller, Justin Steele and Devin Williams along with first baseman Pete Alonso and catcher Elias Diaz.
Starting pitchers Gerrit Cole, Nathan Eovaldi, Sonny Gray and Shane McClanahan were voted by players to the AL staff along with Ohtani. The relievers elected by fellow players were Felix Bautista, Yennier Cano and Emmanuel Clase.
AL reserves elected by players included catcher Adley Rutschman, first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., second baseman Whit Merrifield, shortstop Bo Bichette, third baseman José Ramírez and outfielders Yordan Alvarez, Adolis García and Austin Hays, and designated hitter Brent Rooker.
MLB used five of its seven AL picks for players whose teams were not already represented, selecting Luis Castillo of the host Mariners along with fellow pitchers Kevin Gausman, Kenley Jansen, Michael Lorenzen and Framber Valdez, plus catcher Salvador Perez and outfielder Luis Robert Jr.
Seattle outfielder and hometown favorite Julio Rodríguez was omitted, though AL injury replacements likely will be selected for Alvarez and Aaron Judge. Rodríguez has already committed to participating in the Home Run Derby.
Other notable players left off despite excellent numbers included Tatis, Rays shortstop Wander Franco and Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte.
Keller, a 27-year-old Pittsburgh right-hander, became an All-Star in his fifth season. Two years ago he was pitching for Triple-A Indianapolis at the time of the All-Star Game and last year he was demoted to the bullpen for two weeks in May.
“Them having the most confidence in me the last two or three years is really cool and everyone sticking with me and showing me their support and giving me their love, it’s been awesome,” Keller said of his Pirates teammates.
Major League Baseball All-Star Game Rosters
|Tuesday, July 11|
|At T-Mobile Park, Seattle|
Catcher — Jonah Heim, Texas Rangers
First Baseman — Yandy Diaz, Tampa Bay Rays
Second Baseman — Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers
Shortstop — Corey Seager, Texas Rangers
Third Baseman — Josh Jung, Texas Rangers
Designated Hitter — Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
Outfield — Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Outfield — Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays
Outfield — Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Adley Rutschman, Baltimore Orioles
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
Whit Merrifield, Toronto Blue Jays
Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians
Brent Rooker, Oakland Athletics
Luis Robert Jr., Chicago White Sox
Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles
Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros
Adolis Garcia, Texas Rangers
Shohei Ohtani, L.A. Angels
Gerrit Cole, N.Y. Yankees
Luis Castillo, Seattle Mariners
Sonny Gray, Minnesota Twins
Nathan Eovaldi, Texas Rangers
Kevin Gausman, Toronto Blue Jays
Shane McClanahan, Tampa Bay Rays
Framber Valdez, Houston Astros
Michael Lorenzen, Detroit Tigers
Kenley Jansen, Boston Red Sox
Emmanuel Clase, Cleveland Guardians
Felix Bautista, Baltimore Orioles
Yennier Cano, Baltimore Orioles
Catcher — Sean Murphy, Atlanta Braves
First Baseman — Freddie Freeman, L.A. Dodgers
Second Baseman — Luis Arraez, Miami Marlins
Shortstop — Orlando Arcia, Atlanta Braves
Third Baseman — Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
Designated Hitter — J.D. Martinez, L.A. Dodgers
Outfield — Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
Outfield — Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
Outfield — Corbin Carroll, Arizona Diamondbacks
Will Smith, L.A. Dodgers
Elias Diaz, Colorado Rockies
Matt Olson, Atlanta Braves
Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves
Austin Riley, Atlanta Braves
Dansby Sawnson, Chicago Cubs
Pete Alonso, N.Y. Mets
Jorge Soler, Miami Marlins
Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Arizona Diamondbacks
Nick Castellanos, Philadelphia Phillies
Juan Soto, San Diego Padres
Zac Gallen, Arizona Diamondbacks
Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves
Bryce Elder, Atlanta Braves
Justin Steele, Chicago Cubs
Mitch Keller, Pittsburgh Pirates
Josiah Gray, Washington Nationals
Clayton Kershaw, L.A. Dodgers
Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs
Alexis Diaz, Cincinnati Reds
Josh Hader, San Diego Padres
Devin Williams, Milwaukee Brewers
Camilo Doval, San Francisco Giants