NEW YORK – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. is among the headlines for the All-Star Game in Denver.
Guerrero joined his father as an All-Star when Tatis achieved a feat his father was never able to put on his resume.
For the first time in his career, Guerrero of the Toronto Blue Jays and Tatis of the San Diego Padres have been selected to play in the All-Star Game, which takes place on July 13 at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.
Second baseman Marcus Semien and teammate Teoscar Hernández were also selected for the first time, as were Japanese Los Angeles Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani, Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier; Cincinnati Red teammates Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker.
Although injured, angler Mike Trout was selected to start the game for the eighth time in a row. Kansas City Royals wide receiver Salvador Pérez will participate in the mid-season classic for the seventh time.
In the US, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (third cap) and New York Yankees player Aaron Judge (third) are the other starters.
On the national side, St. Louis Cardinals received third baseman Nolan Arenado (sixth), San Francisco Giants wide receiver Buster Posey (seventh) and Atlanta Braves players Freddie Freeman (fifth) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (second) the honor of starting his league.
The All-Star Game is making a comeback this year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced this game to be canceled in 2020. This year’s game was moved from Atlanta to Denver by Major Baseball in response to changes in the election law passed by Georgia. Critics condemned the changes, saying they were too restrictive.
Guerrero and Tatis are both 22 years old, and each of their fathers has had a long career in the Majors.
Vladimir Guerrero has been selected for the All-Star Game on nine occasions and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. Fernando Tatis, in turn, played in Major Baseball from 1997 to 2010. Both players wore the colors of Montreal. of the career.
Guerreros became the fifth father-son duo to be named a starter for this classic, joining Ray and Bob Boone, Bob and Bret Boone, Bobby and Barry Bonds and Cecil and Prince Fielder.
Ohtani, New York Mets player Pete Alonso, Baltimore Orioles player Trey Mancini and Rockier shortstop Trevor Story have already confirmed their presence in the home competition. Alonso won the last performance of this event, in 2019 in Cleveland.
Trout tied Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Baseball Hall of Fame members Gary Carter and Ryna Sandberg with eight consecutive fan selections. The leader is Rod Carew (15), followed by George Brett and Ken Griffey Jr. (11 each), Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith (10 each) as well as Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza and Iván Rodríguez (9 each).
The pitchers and reservists will be chosen by voting of the players and the commissioner’s office. The names will be released on Sunday. Each team will consist of 32 players.
Ronald Blum, The Canadian Press