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First Time Selections Dominate the 2023 MLB All Star Game Rosters

The 2023 season has officially passed the half way point.  Early next week, the biggest stars in the game will meet at T-Mobile Park Seattle for MLB All Star Week.  While there are surely some familiar faces on these rosters, there are 26 first time All Stars.  Mike Trout (11x), Aaron Judge (5x) and Clayton Kershaw (10x) won’t play due to injury.  They’ll be replaced by Kyle Tucker (HOU), Wander Franco (TB) and David Bednar (PIT).

The Atlanta Braves lead the way with 8 players selected, including their entire infield.  The Texas Rangers have 6 players going, four of whom were voted as starters.  Shohei Ohtani was selected as both a Pitcher and Designated Hitter, but was beat about by Ronald Acuna Jr. as the top vote-getter.

The Mid-Summer Classic promises to be a showcase for the young stars of the game.  Here’s a full list of the team rosters below:

American League

Elected Starters

C: Jonah Heim (TEX)
1B: Yandy Díaz (TB)
2B: Marcus Semien (TEX)
3B: Josh Jung (TEX)
SS: Corey Seager (TEX)
OF: Mike Trout (LAA)
OF: Randy Arozarena (TB)
OF: Aaron Judge (NYY)
DH: Shohei Ohtani (LAA)

Reserves

C: Salvador Perez (KC)
C: Adley Rutschman (BAL)
IF: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR)
IF: Whit Merrifield (TOR)
IF: Bo Bichette (TOR)
IF: José Ramírez (CLE)
IF: Wander Franco (TB)
OF: Luis Robert Jr. (CWS)
OF: Austin Hays (BAL)
OF: Yordan Alvarez (HOU)
OF: Adolis García (TEX)
OF: Kyle Tucker (HOU)
OF: Julio Rodríguez (SEA)
DH: Brent Rooker (OAK)

Pitchers

RHP: Shohei Ohtani (LAA)
RHP: Gerrit Cole (NYY)
RHP: Luis Castillo (SEA)
RHP: Sonny Gray (MIN)
RHP: Nathan Eovaldi (TEX)
RHP: Kevin Gausman (TOR)
LHP: Shane McClanahan (TB)
LHP: Framber Valdez (HOU)
RHP: Michael Lorenzen (DET)
RHP: George Kirby (SEA)

Relievers

RHP: Kenley Jansen (BOS)
RHP: Emmanuel Clase (CLE)
RHP: Félix Bautista (BAL)
RHP: Yennier Cano (BAL)

National League

Elected Starters

C:  Sean Murphy (ATL)
1B: Freddie Freeman (LAD)
2B: Luis Arraez (MIA)
3B: Nolan Arenado (STL)
SS: Orlando Arcia (ATL)
OF: Ronald Acuña Jr. (ATL)
OF: Mookie Betts (LAD)
OF: Corbin Carroll (AZ)
DH: J.D. Martinez (LAD)

Reserves

C: Will Smith (LAD)
C: Elias Díaz (COL)
IF: Matt Olson (ATL)
IF: Ozzie Albies (ATL)
IF: Austin Riley (ATL)
IF: Dansby Swanson (CHC)
IF: Pete Alonso (NYM)
OF: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (AZ)
OF: Nick Castellanos (PHI)
OF: Juan Soto (SD)
DH: Jorge Soler (MIA)

Pitchers

RHP: Zac Gallen (AZ)
RHP: Spencer Strider (ATL)
RHP: Bryce Elder (ATL)
LHP: Justin Steele (CHC)
RHP: Mitch Keller (PIT)
RHP: Josiah Gray (WSH)
LHP: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
RHP: Marcus Stroman (CHC)

Relievers

RHP: Alexis Díaz (CIN)
LHP: Josh Hader (SD)
RHP: Devin Williams (MIL)
RHP: Camilo Doval (SF)
RHP: David Bednar (PIT)

Brian is the Managing Editor at Legends on Deck and Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. He's been writing about baseball at LOD since 2017. He grew up in the Detroit area and is a lifelong Tigers fan. However, he shares some affinity for his son George's favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Brian also has a particular interest in the amateur side of the game, including high school, college and collegiate summer league baseball. Brian and George also love collecting and selling baseball cards. You can find them selling on eBay (@Kossball) or posting on George's Instagram (@Kossball). Brian lives in Horizon West (Winter Garden), Florida with his wife (Grace), three daughters and George the Card Kid. You can also reach him at brianmkoss@gmail.com

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