On Tuesday the 19th, the stars will take over Dodger Stadium. By definition, the All-Star Game is always the stage where the biggest names in the event shine, and this year is no exception. After announcement on Sunday of the complete rosters of each leagueit’s time to look for the most relevant context.
Here, we leave you with 15 facts and statistics from the 2022 All-Star Game rosters.
• The Yankees lead the Major League teams with six called up: Gerrit Cole, Cuban Néstor Cortés Jr., Clay Holmes, José Treviño, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. It’s the club’s most since 2011, when they had eight.
• The defending World Series champions, the Braves, will also be well represented, with five All-Stars, the most in the National League: Max Fried, Travis d’Arnaud, Dansby Swanson and Ronald Acuña Jr. and William Contreras. They haven’t had that many since 2011, when they also had five.
• Speaking of Contreras, he joins his brother, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, on the NL roster. Are the first set of brothers to go to the All-Star Game since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003. And they are the first on the same roster since Puerto Ricans Sandy and Roberto Alomar in 1998 for the American League. And since William was named the NL designated hitter for the injured Bryce Harper, they will be the first brothers to start the game for the same league since the Alomars in 1992.
• Overall, the Contreras will be the fifth set of brothers to open the All-Star Game with the same circuit in the same year, joining the Alomars (LA, 1991-1992), Joe and Dom DiMaggio (LA, 1949), Dixie and Harry Walker (LN, 1947) and Mort and Walker Cooper (LN, 1942-1943).
• Julio Rodríguez of the Mariners is the only rookie on the roster this year. He is the sixth Seattle rookie to receive the honor, joining Michael Pineda (2011), Ichiro Suzuki (2001), Alvin Davis (1984), Matt Young (1983) and Ruppert Jones (1977). He is one of just three players in Mariners history to go to the All-Star Game at age 21 or younger, joining Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr., who each went All-Star at ages 20 and 21. .
• If Rodriguez gets a hit, he will be the youngest player to hit a hit in the Midseason Classic since Mike Trout did it as a 20-year-old in 2012. Only eight players have given up a hit in the All-Star Game at 21 years and 202 days old or younger, the age Rodriguez will be on the 19th: Trout, Garry Templeton (1977), Butch Wynegar (1977), Claudell Washington (1975), Cesar Cedeño (1972), Henry Aaron (1955), Al Kaline (1955), and Richie Ashburn (1948).
• Rodríguez is part of a group of 30 players who are on the roster for the first time. He is the fourth All-Star in a row with at least 30 debutants. On the other hand, at least 30 players have been debutants in eight of the last nine editions, and 10 of the most recent 12 editions.
• On the other side of the age spectrum, this is the case of Dominican Albert Pujols, who was directly elected by Commissioner Rob Manfred along with Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera. If he does play, he will be the seventh player to make a visit to the plate in an All-Star Game at age 42 or older, joining Barry Bonds (2007), Carlton Fisk (1991), Pete Rose (1985), Carl Yastrzemski (1982-1983), Willie Mays (1973) and Stan Musial (1963).
The only player to have an All-Star hit at age 42 or older was Fisk, who was 43 in 1991.
• This is Clayton Kershaw’s ninth pick, second-most in Dodgers history behind Pee Wee Reese (10). He was tied with eight with Steve Garvey, Don Drysdale, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges.
• For the second year in a row, Shohei Ohtani is on the roster as a hitter – the fans’ choice of AL DH – and as a pitcher. Last year, he was the first player to be in the All-Star Game as both a hitter and a pitcher, and now he’s doing it for the second time.
The starting lineups
• As announced Friday, Mike Trout is one of the starters. He’s his 10th pick, and he’s only 30 years old. He is one of nine players to go to 10 or more All-Star games at the time of the season he played at age 30, joining Griffey Jr. (11), Bench (11), Al Kaline (11), Mickey Mantle (11 ), Rodríguez (10), Puerto Rican Iván Rodríguez (10), Panamanian Rod Carew (10) and Aaron (10).
• Among the starters there are three who will now have started the game for both leagues in the Mid-season Classic. Manny Machado will be the second player to start at least one All-Star Game at third base for both leagues, joining Graig Nettles, (Padres in 1985 and Yankees in 1975 and 1980).
Mookie Betts and Giancarlo Stanton will be the sixth and seventh players to start the All-Star Game in the outfield for both tours, joining Vladimir Guerrero Sr., Ken Griffey Jr., Dave Winfield, Jason Bay and Frank Robinson.
• Trea Turner will be the first Dodgers player to start an All-Star Game at shortstop since Bill Russell in 1980, the last time the club hosted the contest.
• At 23 years and 255 days old on All-Star Game day, Mexico’s Alejandro Kirk will be the youngest starting catcher in these events since Puerto Rico’s Iván Rodríguez did it at age 23 in 1995. Pudge started three Games of Stars before turning 24 years old. The other catchers who started at age 23 or younger are Johnny Bench (three times) and Joe Torre.
• Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will be the first Yankees outfield duo to start the All-Star Game in the same year since Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield in 1988.
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Fifteen facts and numbers from the All-Star Game rosters