Jul 4, 2021; Anaheim, California, U.S.A.; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after striking a solo crowning achievement versus the Baltimore Orioles during the 3rd inning at Angel Arena. Compulsory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
2021-07-05 00:05:35 GMT +00:00 – Los Angeles Angels two-way standout Shohei Ohtani made history Sunday by becoming the very first gamer to be chosen to the All-Star team as both a position player and a pitcher.
Ohtani was enacted as the American Leagues beginning designated hitter by the fans in balloting revealed Thursday. Three days later, when pitchers and reserves were revealed, he was selected as one of the ALs pitchers for the July 13 All-Star Game in Denver.
Ohtani, who struck his significant league-leading 31st homer on Sunday, is among 34 novice All-Stars, a group that consists of rookies Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers and left-hander Trevor Rogers of the Miami Marlins. It is the 3rd straight All-Star Game in which at least 30 gamers made their All-Star debut.
Jacob deGrom (fourth selection) of the New York Mets heads the group of National League pitchers. The right-handed deGrom is delighting in a historical season that consists of a microscopic 0.95 ERA.
The other NL beginning pitchers chosen were San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish (fifth), San Francisco Giants right-hander Kevin Gausman (first), Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez (very first), Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zach Wheeler (very first), the Milwaukee Brewers duo of right-handers Corbin Burnes (very first) and Brandon Woodruff (2nd) and the abovementioned Rogers.
The NL relievers are Chicago Cubs right-hander Craig Kimbrel (eighth), Padres right-hander Mark Melancon (4th), Brewers left-hander Josh Hader (3rd) and St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes (first).
Ruling Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians was amongst the starting pitchers chosen for the American League. He is sidelined with a shoulder injury and will be changed.
The other AL beginning pitchers are New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole (fourth), Boston Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (first), Rangers right-hander Kyle Gibson (first), Seattle Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (first), Chicago White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn (second), White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (very first) and Ohtani in his double role.
The AL relievers are Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes (very first), Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman (seventh), White Sox right-hander Liam Hendriks (2nd), Houston Astros right-hander Ryan Pressly (2nd) and Detroit Tigers left-hander Gregory Soto (first).
The AL reserves are catcher Mike Zunino (first) of the Tampa Bay Rays, first baseman Matt Olson (first) of the Oakland Athletics and Jared Walsh (first) of the Angels, second baseman Jose Altuve (seventh) of the Astros, shortstops Bo Bichette (first) of the Toronto Blue Jays and Carlos Correa (2nd) of the Astros and third baseman Jose Ramirez (third) of the Indians.
In the outfield, the AL reserves are Michael Brantley (fifth) of the Astros, Joey Gallo (second) and Garcia of the Rangers and Cedric Mullins (first) of the Baltimore Orioles.
The NL reserves are catcher J.T. Realmuto (third) of the Phillies, first baseman Max Muncy (second) of the Los Angeles Dodgers, second basemen Ozzie Albies (second) of the Atlanta Braves and Jake Cronenworth (first) of the Padres, shortstops Brandon Crawford (third) of the San Francisco Giants and Trea Turner (very first) of the Washington Nationals.
The NL backup outfielders are Mookie Betts (5th) of the Dodgers, Bryan Reynolds (first) of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kyle Schwarber (very first) and Juan Soto (first) of the Nationals and Chris Taylor (very first) of the Dodgers.
Schwarber (hamstring) will be and miss out on the video game replaced on the lineup.
The starters were unveiled on Thursday night after fan balloting.
The National League beginning infield will include Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (fifth), Pirates 2nd baseman Adam Frazier (first), Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (very first), and Cardinals 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado (sixth).
Buster Posey (seventh) of the Giants will be the catcher and the outfielders will be Ronald Acuna Jr. (second) of the Braves and the Cincinnati Reds duo of Nick Castellanos (first) and Jesse Winker (very first).
For the AL, Blue Jays teammates Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (very first) and Marcus Semien (first) will be the 2nd and very first baseman, respectively. The Red Sox combination of shortstop Xander Bogaerts (3rd) and third baseman Rafael Devers (first) will man the left side of the infield. The Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez (seventh) will be the catcher.
Aaron Judge (3rd) of the Yankees and the Blue Jays Teoscar Hernandez (first) will be beginning outfielders.
Injured Angels star Mike Trout also landed a starting outfield spot, receiving his ninth All-Star nod. He will miss the contest with a calf injury and will be replaced in the starting lineup.
— Field Level Media
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