Rosters unveiled for 83rd All-Star Game
After most online votes ever, Rangers, Yankees and Giants have three starters
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com | 07/01/12 1:00 PM ET
The votes have been counted and your voices have been heard.
The starting lineups for the 2012 All-Star Game on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium have been named, so get set Kansas City, here they come.
Are you ready for some baseball, barbecue and good old-fashioned fun in the City of Fountains? The biggest stars in the game are coming to town for the Midsummer Classic in the heart of the Midwest.
The 17 starters announced on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell on TBS on Sunday give new meaning to the words "star power." Fans have already won, making a record-setting statement in support of their favorite players, but who will win the game this year?
The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
The high-powered National League ended a 13-year losing streak with a win in 2010, and will be seeking its third All-Star Game victory in a row. The star-studded American League lineup is fit for a king -- make that a Prince -- and has other ideas, especially with home-field advantage during the World Series on the line.
Here's a rundown of the AL starting lineup:
Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, the 2011 All-Star Game MVP and winner of the 2009 Home Run Derby, will make his fourth All-Star appearance and first as a member of the American League.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, winner of last year's Home Run Derby, got the starting nod for the third consecutive time, his fourth All-Star Game selection.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is back in the All-Star Game for the 13th time in his career. The Yankees captain bowed out of last year's game, citing exhaustion from the mental and physical rigors of the pursuit of his 3,000th career hit and the need for rest over the All-Star break.
The two-time defending American League champions Texas Rangers will be well represented in Kansas City. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, starting for the second consecutive year, is back in the All-Star Game for the third time in a row and catcher Mike Napoli is an All-Star for the first time. Josh Hamilton, winner of the 2008 Home Run Derby, is now a five-time All-Star.
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz is an All-Star for the eighth time. Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson and Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista can each smile knowing that they are both three-time All-Stars and in the starting lineup for the second consecutive year.
The visiting NL starting lineup will look like this:
Giants catcher Buster Posey, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, has bounced back from a devastating ankle injury that wiped out last season to earn the starting nod behind the plate in his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic. Joining Posey in the NL's starting lineup are teammates Pablo Sandoval, who was named to last year's team by Giants manager Bruce Bochy, at third base and fellow first-time All-Star Melky Cabrera in the outfield.
Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto is slated to make his third appearance in the All-Star Game, but his first start. Joining the slugger in the infield are Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla and St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal, who both have been part of two All-Star teams but will be making their first starts.
St. Louis veteran Carlos Beltran, who is making his seventh All-Star Game appearance, and injured Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, who was voted in as a starter for the second consecutive year, round out the rest of the NL outfield.
Fans cast their votes at an unprecedented rate in MLB.com's All-Star Game balloting, which included three of the four highest one-day totals ever during the final three days of voting. There were 4.2 million ballots cast on June 28, 3.9 million on June 27, and 2.8 million on June 26. Fans also set a new single-day mark with 42.5 million total votes on June 28.
Overall during balloting, 391.2 million votes from 34.9 million ballots were cast, the largest totals recorded in the history of online balloting at MLB.com, surpassing last year's record.