Betts and Brantley out of the All Star; Molina chooses not to go

Betts and Brantley out of the All Star Molina chooses

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Mookie betts, and the Houston Astros outfielder, Michael Brantley, are among the players who have decided not to participate in the All-Star Game.

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher, Yadier Molina, was among the announced replacements, but opted later Saturday to decline so he could rest his foot. It was his 10th appearance in Tuesday’s game at Coors Field in Denver.

MLB has yet to announce who will take Molina’s place. Originally the Puerto Rican would replace the post of Buster posey on the National League roster.

The Phillies catcher, JT Realmuto, who finished second on the player ballot, is starting in Posey’s place.

MLB announced the selections of the 10 players to the active All-Star rosters as replacements for players who will not participate in the game Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver.

AL replacements include shortstop Tim anderson (Chicago White Sox), the starting pitcher Chris bassitt (Oakland Athletics), the second baseman Whit merrifield (Kansas City Royals) and shortstop Joey wendle (Tampa Bay Rays).

In the National League, the new All-Stars include Molina, the pitchers Walker Buehler (Dodgers), Freddy peralta (Milwaukee Brewers), Max scherzer (Washington Nationals) and Taijuan walker (New York Mets), and third baseman Justin turner (Dodgers).

Players who will be active in the 2021 All-Star Game include two pitchers scheduled to start for their respective teams on Sunday. Kevin Gausman (San Francisco Giants) and Brandon woodruff (Brewers); seven players out with injury, Betts, Brantley, Jose Altuve (Astros), Carlos Correa (Astros), Jacob deGrom (Mets), Yu darvish (San Diego Padres) and Buster posey (Giants); and a player out for paternity, Ryan pressly (Astros).

Anderson and Merrifield’s appointments to the American League come through the player’s ballot to replace those elected by players Correa and Altuve, respectively. Molina will replace Posey on the National League roster, while wide receiver for the Philadelphia Phillies JT Realmuto, who finished second in the player vote, will start in place of Posey.

Molina becomes an All-Star for the 10th time in his career, scoring the most among those elected to the 2021 Classic, while Scherzer makes his eighth trip.

Buehler, Merrifield and Turner will each appear on an All-Star roster for the second time, and Anderson, Bassitt, Peralta, Walker and Wendle each get their first picks, totaling 39 players selected for the first time, tying the MLB record.

It also marks the third All-Star Game in a row with at least 30 players making their All-Star roster debut. At least 30 players have been All-Stars for the first time in seven of the last eight and nine of the last 11 installments.

With the additions of Molina and Peralta, there are now 24 players of international origin on the All-Star rosters (15 AL, 9 NL), including players from the Dominican Republic (8), Venezuela (5), Japan (3), Cuba (2 ), Puerto Rico (2), Aruba (1), Australia (1), Canada (1) and Curaçao (1).

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