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Plenty of Latinos at MLB All-Star rosters

Plenty of Latinos at MLB All-Star rosters

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 07, 2017

It’s not a surprise, yet still disappointing, to see so few black players on the respective National and American League All-Star Game rosters.

The National League had no African American players voted in as starters by fans. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison is the lone black player selected as a reserve by Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Harrison, who was also named to the 2014 NL All-Star squad, said his selection “is not surprising to me.”

 

“(I’m) just staying the course and knowing it’s a tough game but you have to enjoy it. I play with a lot of passion and have fun.” He also has been hit by 18 pitches this year, the most in the Majors.

Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, has 20 home runs but went into a lengthy slump in June. Reliever Corey Knebel is the Brewers’ representative on the team. Should any outfielder opt out of the game because of a nagging injury, Thames could be named as the replacement.

St. Louis Cardinal fans can cheer for pitcher Carlos Martinez and veteran catcher Yadier Molina, who were named to the NL roster on Sunday. Two Hispanic players, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, are NL starters. In all, eight of the NL’s 31 players have a Latino heritage.

The NL starters are C: Buster PoseyGiants; 1B: Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals; 2B: Daniel Murphy, Nationals; SS: Zack Cozart, Reds; 3B: Arenado, Rockies; OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies; OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals; OF: Ozuna, Marlins.

The NL reserves C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals; 1B: Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacks; 1B: Joey Votto, Reds; 2B: Josh Harrison, Pirates; 2B: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; SS: Corey Seager, Dodgers; 3B: Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks; OF: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers; OF: Michael Conforto, Mets; OF: Ender Inciarte, Braves; OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins; RHP: Wade Davis, Cubs; RHP: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks; LHP: Brad Hand, Padres; RHP: Greg Holland, Rockies; RHP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers; LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; RHP: Corey Knebel, Brewers; RHP: Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; RHP: Pat Neshek, Phillies; LHP: Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks; RHP: Max Scherzer, Nationals; RHP: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals.

Aaron Judge prevailed as the leading vote-getter among all players and will start in the AL outfield along with the Houston Astros George Springer, both are black. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was voted in as a starter, but could miss the game as he recovers from a torn ligament in this thumb. While he and the Angels say he is not rushing back to action for the All-Star Game, he will begin a rehabilitation assignment this week in the minors. Either reserve Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians or Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, both black players, will most likely start in Trout’s place if he is unable to play.

Four AL starters are Hispanic, as are 15 of its 31 players. There are four black players on the AL roster.

The AL starters are C: Salvador Perez, Royals; 1B: Justin SmoakBlue Jays; 2B: Jose Altuve, Astros; SS: Carlos Correa, Astros; 3B: Jose Ramirez, Indians; Judge, Yankees; Springer, Astros; Trout, Angels and DH: Corey Dickerson, Rays.

The AL reserves are C: Gary Sanchez, Yankees; 1B: Yonder AlonsoAthletics; 2B: Starlin Castro, Yankees; 2B: Jonathan Schoop, Orioles; SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians; 3B: Miguel Sano, Twins; OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox; OF: Michael Brantley, Indians; OF: Avisail Garcia, White Sox; DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners; RHP: Dellin Betances, Yankees; RHP: Yu DarvishRangers; RHP: Michael Fulmer, Tigers; LHP: Dallas Keuchel, Astros; LHP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox; RHP: Corey Kluber, Indians; RHP: Lance McCullers Jr., Astros; LHP: Andrew Miller, Indians; LHP: Chris Sale, Red Sox; RHP: Ervin Santana, Twins; RHP: Luis Severino, Yankees; and LHP: Jason Vargas, Royals.

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