Here Are Your AL and NL Starters for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game

83rd MLB All-Star Game

July is one of my favorite times of the year because despite the oppressive heat that grips most of the nation, one of my favorite things about summer, the MLB All-Star Game, arrives, and just yesterday, the rosters were announced for this year’s Midsummer Classic. Here’s a list of the AL and NL starting players for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

American League Starters

C             Salvador Perez                KCR
1B          Miguel Cabrera                DET
2B          Robinson Cano                SEA
3B          Josh Donaldson              OAK
SS          Derek Jeter                       NYY
OF         Jose Bautista                    TOR
OF         Mike Trout                        LAA
OF          Adam Jones                     BAL
DH          Nelson Cruz                     BAL

National League Starters

C             Yadier Molina                 STL
1B          Paul Goldschmidt           ARI
2B          Chase Utley                       PHI
3B          Aramis Ramirez               MIL
SS           Troy Tulowitzki               COL
OF         Andrew McCutchen        PIT
OF          Carlos Gomez                    MIL
OF          Yasiel Puig                         LAD

For the most part, I’m very happy with both starting lineups for this year’s All-Star Game. Derek Jeter had to be in at shortstop for his final season, and whether you like the Yankees or not (for the record, I hate them) if Jeter had been left out of the starting lineup it would have truly been a crime against baseball – the guy deserves the spot.  Elsewhere, I’m clearly not surprised but am really happy with the inclusion of players like Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. Both of them are two of the best outfielders in the game right now.

Overall, I would say that this should be yet another competitive all-star game for Major League Baseball. The National League won the game three times in a row from 2010-2012, after losing for 13 straight years, while the American League was victorious yet again last year, winning 3-0. It’s really a toss-up who will win this year’s game, and that’s the way I like it.

(For a complete list of the bench players and pitchers who will also be participating in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, click here.)

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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