Shohei Ohtani a two-way all-star as a pitcher, reserves revealed

July 4, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels’ designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the third inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2021-07-05 00:05:35 GMT + 00: 00 – Los Angeles Angels two-way standout Shohei Ohtani made history on Sunday by becoming the first player to be both positional and pitcher in the All-Star Team was included.

Ohtani was chosen as the designated starter of the American League by fans in Thursday’s vote. Three days later, when reserves and pitchers were announced, he was selected as one of the AL’s pitchers for the July 13th All-Star Game in Denver.

Ohtani, who made his 31st major league homer on Sunday, is one of 34 first-time All-Stars, a group that includes rookies Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers and left-handed Trevor Rogers of the Miami Marlins. It is the third All-Star Game in a row that at least 30 players made their All-Star debut.

Jacob deGrom (fourth selection) of the New York Mets heads the National League Pitcher group. Right-handed deGrom is enjoying a historic season that includes a microscopic 0.95 ERA.

The other NL starting mugs selected were San Diego Padres right-handed Yu Darvish (fifth), San Francisco Giants right-handed Kevin Gausman (first), Colorado Rockies right-handed German Marquez (first), Philadelphia Phillies right-handed Zach Wheeler (first), the Milwaukee Brewers duo from the right-handers Corbin Burnes (first) and Brandon Woodruff (second) and the aforementioned Rogers.

The NL rescuers are Chicago Cubs right-handed Craig Kimbrel (eighth), Padres right-handed Mark Melancon (fourth), Brewers left-handed Josh Hader (third) and St. Louis Cardinals right-handed Alex Reyes (first).

Reigning Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians was one of the starting pitchers selected for the American League. He is out with a shoulder injury and is replaced.

The other AL starting mugs are New York Yankees right-handed Gerrit Cole (fourth), Boston Red Sox right-handed Nathan Eovaldi (first), Rangers right-handed Kyle Gibson (first), Seattle Mariners left-handed Yusei Kikuchi (first), Chicago White Sox right-handed Lance Lynn ( Second), White Sox left-handed Carlos Rodon (first) and Ohtani in his dual role.

The AL reliefs are Red Sox right-handed Matt Barnes (first), Yankees left-handed Aroldis Chapman (seventh), White Sox right-handed Liam Hendriks (second), Houston Astros right-handed Ryan Pressly (second) and Detroit Tigers left-hander Gregory Soto (first) .

The AL reserves are catcher Mike Zunino (first) of the Tampa Bay Rays, first baseman Matt Olson (first) of the Oakland Athletics and Jared Walsh (first) of the Angels, second baseman Jose Altuve (seventh) of the Astros, shortstops Bo Bichette (first) of the Toronto Blue Jays and Carlos Correa (second) of the Astros and third baseman Jose Ramirez (third) of the Indians.

Outside the field, AL reserves are Michael Brantley (fifth) of the Astros, Joey Gallo (second) and Garcia of the Rangers and Cedric Mullins (first) of the Baltimore Orioles.

The NL reserves are catcher JT Realmuto (third) of the Phillies, first baseman Max Muncy (second) of the Los Angeles Dodgers, second baseman Ozzie Albies (second) of the Atlanta Braves and Jake Cronenworth (first) of the Padres, shortstops Brandon Crawford (third) of the San Francisco Giants and Trea Turner (first) of the Washington Nationals.

The NL backup outfielder are Mookie Betts (fifth) of the Dodgers, Bryan Reynolds (first) of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kyle Schwarber (first) and Juan Soto (first) of the Nationals and Chris Taylor (first) of the Dodgers.

Schwarber (thigh) will miss the game and be replaced in the squad.

The starters were revealed on Thursday evening after a fan vote.

The National League starting field consists of Braves baseman Freddie Freeman (fifth), Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier (first), Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (first) and Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado (sixth) .

Buster Posey (seventh) of the Giants will be the catcher and the outfielders will be Ronald Acuna Jr. (second) of the Braves and the Cincinnati Reds duo of Nick Castellanos (first) and Jesse Winker (first).

For the AL, Blue Jays teammates Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (first) and Marcus Semien (first) will be the first and second base players, respectively. The Red Sox combo of shortstop Xander Bogaerts (third) and third baseman Rafael Devers (first) will occupy the left side of the infield. Salvador Perez (seventh) of the Kansas City Royals will be the catcher.

Aaron Judge (third) of the Yankees and Teoscar Hernandez (first) of the Blue Jays will start as outfielder.

Injured Angels star Mike Trout also landed on a starting position in the field and received his ninth all-star nick. However, he will miss the competition with a calf injury and will be replaced in the starting XI.

–Field-level media

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