The 2019 MLB All-Star Game starters were largely uncontroversial, as the new voting system helped ensure that the best players from the first half of the season end up starting the game. The reserves, however, were a bit more controversial.
The rest of the 2019 All-Stars have officially been announced, with the NL side featuring studs like Hyun-Jin Ryu, Pete Alonso, and Josh Bell.
Imagine claiming at the beginning of the season that the Diamondbacks (two) would have more All-Stars than Bryce Harper and the Phillies (one).
Ryu will be joined by fellow Dodgers starters Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Between starter Nolan Arenado and three reserve players in David Dahl, Charlie Blackmon, and Trevor Story, the Colorado Rockies managed four All-Stars
Some notable snubs from the senior circuit include Manny Machado, Franmil Reyes, and Marcell Ozuna.
On the AL side of things, the Yankees have a right to be up in arms, as they have three All-Stars-- the same number as the White Sox.
The Astros lead all of baseball with five All-Star nominations, while the White Sox and Texas Rangers surprised with three each. The first-place Minnesota Twins managed only one, shortstop Jorge Polanco.
Some noticeable absences on the AL docket include Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, and Jake Odorizzi.
While there are some question marks, the field is set and the stage should be grand when the AL meets the NL in Cleveland.