New York Yankees star Aaron Judge leads MLB All-Star Game starters vote
July 9, 2022
Major League Baseball announced the starters for the 2022 All-Star Game on Friday evening. The All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 19, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The voting results from the league’s two-step voting procedure for the All-Star game were disclosed during a live broadcast.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge leads all players with 3,762,498 votes and will start the American League for the fourth time (also 2017, 2018, and 2021). With 3,503,188 votes, Braves rookie Ronald Acuña Jr. led the National League. In addition, Albert Pujols of the Cardinals and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers have already been selected to the All-Star rosters as ‘special selections.’
The top two vote-getters at each position (along with four outfielders) advanced to Phase 2 of the voting process. Fans voted this week to select which position players will start later this month, and the votes concluded Friday afternoon.
The rest of the All-Star rosters, including the pitching staffs of both the American League and the National League, will be revealed on Sunday, July 10. As part of this year’s voting process, the league with the most votes in Phase 1 skips Phase 2 and receives an All-Star game starting spot.
The following are the starting lineups for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, as selected by the fans.
Blue Jays’ Alejandro Kirk (first selection) will act as a catcher, with Vladimir Guerrero, Kirk’s teammate, in the first base. Since May 1, Kirk has been one of baseball’s top hitters in the first half, batting.332 with a.980 OPS for Toronto. Until Thursday, his 3.2 bWAR ranked 10th in the AL. Both players beat Yankees’ Jose Trevino and Ty France from Mariners for the position.
The second base will be filled up by Astros’ Jose Altuve (eighth selection), and the third base by Red Sox’s Rafael Devers (second selection). Devers leads the league in hits, average (up 51 points from last year), and OPS (up 96 points).
Meanwhile, White Sox’s Tim Anderson (second selection) will fill up the shortstop with the outfield taken by Yankees’ Judge (fourth selection), Angels’ Mike Trout (10th selection), and Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton (fifth selection). Meanwhile, Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (second selection) was chosen for the designated hitter position.
The AL’s top vote-getter, Judge, has a huge contract year, leading the league in home runs. In 80 games, he hit.287 with 30 home runs, 64 RBI, 65 runs, and a.993 OPS.
Cubs’ Wilson Contreras (third selection) will take the catcher position in the National League’s roster, while the first and second bases will be filled up by Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt (seventh selection) and Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm (first selection). On the other hand, Padres’ Manny Machado (sixth selection) beat Nolan Arenado in voting number for the third base spot.
Dodgers’ Trea Turner (second selection) will fill the shortstop along with outfield Braves’ Acuña Jr. (third selection), Dodgers’ Mookie Betts (sixth selection), and Giants’ Joc Pederson (second selection). Turner is set to earn $300 million this winter and has been among the finest shortstops in baseball. He is on pace for his fifth year with 30 steals, beating out Dansby Swanson in voting. Phillies’ Bryce Harper from the seventh selection will be the designated hitter for the national league.
The 30-year-old Pederson is amid his best big-league season in his debut year with the Giants and has earned his first All-Star nomination since he was a rookie in 2015. In 72 games, he had a.882 OPS, 17 HR, and 41 RBI.