Houston Astros tabbed for MLB All-Star game

Four A’s and Giants prospects selected to the MLB All Star Futures Game — when might they be big leaguers

His 22 home runs lead all Major League first basemen, and he hits a long ball every 11.1 at-bats; that's the fewest at-bats per homer ratio in all of baseball.

On Tuesday, July 17, baseball's best and brightest stars will convene at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. for the 89th annual MLB All-Star Game.

Unfortunately, the process still isn't ideal, and more deserving players will either get in on the Final Vote, or are going to be enjoying the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. from their couch.

"We are proud to have three former Legends recognized in this season's MLB All-Star Game". This will mark the second career All-Star assignment for Reynolds (2004), Marquez (2006) and Fletcher (2005), and the first for Muchlinski and Blaser. Those players would be replaced by other potential all-stars. Altuve will be just the second Astros player to start four All-Star games, joining Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who started four straight for the NL squad from 1995-98 (all at second base). MLB DC-based official scorer Dennis Hetrick will have scoring duties for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. The Cubs will have two starters in catcher Willson Contreras and second baseman Javier Baez, with the rest of the starting roster consisting of Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. He struck out 125 during that time, allowing 53 earned runs on 145 hits. He has 13 holds on the year, just like Jimenez.

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As Rosenthal notes, Snell had a 0.63 ERA over four starts between the time players had to turn in their ballots and the day the All-Star rosters were unveiled.

It was also a bit odd to see starting pitchers Jose Berrios (8-7, 3.54 ERA with the Minnesota Twins) and J.A. Happ (10-4, 4.03 ERA with the Toronto Blue Jays) earn spots in the AL, but it's likely due to the fact that every Major League Baseball team needs at least one representative in the game.

A full list of reserves selected can be found here.

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