Our 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selections

With Major League Baseball’s All-Star voting coming to an end last night, here are my selections for this year’s mid-summer classic. Before getting to the list, I just want to say my selections are not a prediction and I tried to keep my New York Mets interest to the side. This means they could be dramatically different than the numbers from the fan voting. One of the biggest problems with the fan vote is many players who are having great years are over shadowed by players having down years but are very popular. Each player on this list could easily be taken out for a player having a year just as strong.

American League Starters (# appearance if selected)

Catcher: Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays (2nd)

First Base: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox (2nd)

Second Base: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros (6th)

Third Base: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (2nd)

Shortstop: Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles (4th)

Left Field: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (3rd)

Center Field: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (7th)

Right Field: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees (2nd)

Designated Hitter: J.D. Martinez (2nd)

Starting Pitcher: Luis Severino, New York Yankees (2nd)

American League Reserves

Catcher: Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians (1st)

First Base: Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays (2nd)

Second Base: Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics (1st), Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (1st)

Third Base: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (1st), Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees (1st), Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals (3rd)

Shortstop: Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels (1st), Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians (3rd)

Outfield: Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners (1st), Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins (1st), Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers (1st)

Designated Hitters: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners (6th), Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers (1st)

American League Pitchers

Starting Pitchers: Justin Verlander,Houston Astros (7th), Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros (2nd), Charlie Morton, Houston Astros (1st), James Paxton, Seattle Mariners (2nd), Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians (1st), Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (3rd), Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox (7th), Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays (1st)

Relief Pitchers: Blake Treinen, Oakland Athlets (1st), Collin McHugh, Houston Astros (1st), Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners (1st), Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees (5th)

National League Starters

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins (1st)

First Base: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves (3rd)

Second Base: Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds (1st)

Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (4th)

Shortstop: Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies (1st)

Left Field: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers (3rd)

Center Field: Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (3rd)

Right Field: Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves, (1st)

Designated Hitter: Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers (1st)

Starting Pitcher: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets (2nd)

National League Reserves

Catcher: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (9th)

First Base: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds (6th)

Second Base: Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves (1st), Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs (1st)

Third Base: Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals (4th), Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds (1st)

Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants (2nd)

Outfielders: Brandon Nimmo, New York Mets (1st), Albert Almora, Chicago Cubs (1st),

Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates (1st)

National League Pitchers

Starting Pitchers: Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta Braves (1st), Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies (1st), Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (6th), Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs (5th), Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals (1st)

Relief Pitchers: Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals (2nd), Jeremy Jefferes, Milwaukee Brewers (1st), Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers (1st), Jordan Hicks, St. Louis Cardinals (1st), Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks (1st), Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (3rd), Brad Hand, San Diego Padres (2nd)

There are plenty of well deserving players to make this years All-Star Game. For the first time it could end up as a Subway Series matchup on the mound. The ASG will take place July 17th at Nationals Park in Washington. If anyone has a player they would have like to see on the list, give us your feed back on our Twitter @EmpireSportsNYM