After concluding the final day of fan voting on Thursday, MLB revealed the lineup for the highly anticipated 2023 All-Star Game. Fan votes determined who would take the field for each impressive position. This Sunday, the rest of the lineup will be announced, including pitchers and reserve players. The Midsummer Classic will take place at T-Mobile Park in Seattle on July 11.
Jonah Heim of the Texas Rangers will be the American League (AL) catcher for the next game. Heim’s remarkable performance this season has not gone unnoticed, as it has secured him a well-deserved spot on the All-Star team, defeating the highly respected Adley Rutschman in a thrilling final round of voting.
Yandy Diaz of the Tampa Bay Rays will hold his own at first base. Diaz, at the age of 31, has notably achieved his first All-Star selection, leaving AL East contender Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in his wake.
Rangers native Marcus Semien secures his spot as the starting second baseman in the AL for the second time in a three-year span. The experienced 32-year-old showed his dedication, playing in all 80 games for the Rangers-leading and outperforming everyone else in plate appearances, at-bats and strikeouts within the AL.
Josh Jung, a rising star and one of the top contenders for the AL Rookie of the Year title, has now emerged as an All-Star player. Breaking barriers, he became the second rookie third baseman to secure a starting position on his team.
At shortstop is another Rangers player, Corey Seager. He beat Bo Bichette in voting to win his first All-Star inning, even though he has been out much of the season due to injury.
The outfield will include Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Randy Arozarena of the Rays. However, with Judge still dealing with a toe injury, he may not be able to do so.
In what won’t come as a surprise to anyone, the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani will be the American League’s designated hitter.
In his debut season with the Atlanta Braves, Sean Murphy left an impressive mark by winning the prestigious All-Star title for the first time. Passing Los Angeles Dodgers backup catcher Will Smith, the 28-year-old secured the starting position due to his remarkable career-high .926 OPS.
In one of the most talent-laden positions in all of MLB, National League (NL) first baseman spot was eventually claimed by Freedy Freeman of the Dodgers, triumphing over Matt Olson. At his best, the 33-year-old is basking in the glory of an exceptional season.
Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez has secured his All-Star appearance, boosted by his lifetime batting average of .400. Unwavering in his perseverance, Arraez rises as the leading player in MLB, consistently delivering one notable hit after another.
Meanwhile, despite a marginally less extraordinary season, the St. Louis Cardinals’ skillful Nolan Arenado undeniably claims the deserved position at third base, effortlessly outpacing his teammates in dexterity.
In just five seasons and 11 games, the Braves’ Orlando Arcia surprised no one by winning his eighth All-Star appearance. He seamlessly filled the void left by Dansby Swanson, who had an exceptional offensive year. Arcia effortlessly edged out fan favorite Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets in the voting process to reach shortstop of the game.
Joining Arcia in the outfield are Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves, Mookie Betts of the Dodgers and Corbin Carroll of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The designated hitter is J.D. Martinez of the Dodgers.