The 2010 Major League Baseball All Star rosters were announced Sunday, and it was revealed that Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer were the top vote-getters for the National League and American League respectively. The closest margin of victory was at third base between David Wright and Placido Polanco, with Wright winning the starting job in the final week of voting.
Two no-hit pitchers, Ubaldo Jimenez and Roy Halladay, will be featured in the National League rotation on July 13th in Anaheim, California. Highly sought after rookie Stephen Strasburg will have to wait another year to make his All Star debut. National League manager Charlie Manuel says the rookie has impressed so far, but needs a few more starts under his belt before fans at the All Star game will see his 100 mph fastball.
“He got quite a bit of consideration,” Manuel said. “He is going be an All-Star for a long time. What does he have, five starts? I just felt there are other guys who have started 18 to 20 games. I just felt, ‘leave him alone and let him get used to the major league level.’ ”
The Nationals will send closer Matt Capps to the All Star team with 22 saves so far in the season. Strasburg’s teammate said he thought the rookie had as good a chance as anyone to make the team.
“I thought he had a pretty good shot,” Capps said. “He’s one of the top pitchers in baseball right now.”
One rookie to make the team is the Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward, who is hitting .251 with 11 homeruns, and 45 RBIs. He has helped the Braves reach first place in the NL East. Heyward is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a deep bruise in his left thumb.
After saying earlier last week that he wouldn’t try to play in the game, Heyward now says he will try to make the start. Braves general manager Frank Wren said the only way he will allow Heyward to play in the game is if he is able to take batting practice against the New York Mets Friday through Sunday.
Mauer is joined on the American League roster by his Minnesota Twins teammate Justin Morneau at first base. Other notable starters with Mauer include Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Valdimir Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, Ichiro Suzuki, and Carl Crawford.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have are the two teams with the most All Stars on the AL roster with six each. Joe Girardi was left with the difficult decision between starters Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia. Both pitchers have 10 wins, and Girardi went with Sabathia. Alex Rodriguez was also named to the roster despite hitting only 12 homeruns, but driving in 61 RBIs so far.
MLB sportsbooks have set the futures odds for the winner of the 2010 Home Run Derby and several All Stars on the starting rosters are among the favorites. Pujols’ early line to win the contest has been set at 5/2, while Josh Hamilton is the favorite from the American League at 4/1.