Twelve All-Star Starters Making First Appearance

Carlos Correa and Aaron Judge led the new generation of Major League Baseball All-Stars, who are amongst the 12 first time starters fans elected to play in the game at Marlins Park in south Florida on July 11.

Judge said following the announcement on Sunday of the rosters that he was calling his family to have them book flights to Miami.

The 12 first time starters represent the most since fans started voting again in 1970.

Only one player was chosen for the defending champion Chicago Cubs; reliever Wade Davis who last fall was not even a member of the Cubs when they won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

Last season, the Cubs fielded seven players in the All-Star game, including their complete starting infield. However, this season the Cubs are 41-41 at the halfway point and not many of their players are deserving of being named an All-Star.

In a sign of the changing of the guard, the players with the most All-Star selections with eight are Clayton Kershaw the ace for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yadier Molina the catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals with seven.

Last year’s senior selection for the All-Star game was the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera which was his eleventh trip, but this season he was not even selected after playing in every midsummer classic since 2009.

Two first timers play with Houston including Correa at shortstop and George Springer an outfielder. Houston’s Jose Altuve will start at second base for the third time.

Correa said that from the time you are a young kid you dream about playing in the All-Star Game at this level.

Houston pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Dallas Keuchel were also chosen giving Houston five players on the team which tied for the most with Washington, Cleveland and the Yankees. Keuchel is injured and will not play.

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and second baseman Daniel Murphy were chosen to start. The NL pitching staff will have two Nationals’ in Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer.

Harper ended with the most votes of any player with 4.62 million.

Zimmerman, who is 32, will play in his first All-Star Game since 2009. At that time he played third base but was not a starter.

Yankees rookie Judge, who is 6-foot-7, leads baseball in home runs with 27 and was the leading AL voter getter with 4.49 million.

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