MLB All-Star Game Rosters Announced For Midsummer Classic

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The 2018 MLB All-Star Game takes place on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. On Sunday night, Major League Baseball revealed the rosters for the 89th annual Midsummer Classic. Altuve will start at second base for the American League squad for the fourth consecutive season.

This is second All-Star Game but his first as a starter.

Altuve is averaging 11.7 FanDuel points through 92 games while posting a.338/.404/.488 slash with 9 home runs, 13 steals, 44 RBI, and 61 runs scored across 406 plate appearances. If he beats out Giancarlo Stanton and company, he will be joined by Betts, J.D. Martinez, Chris Sale, Mitch Moreland and Craig Kimbrel. He struck out 125 during that time, allowing 53 earned runs on 145 hits. The 19-year-old has had an impressive start this season with the Legends, Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, and now leads all levels of Minor League Baseball with 26 home runs and is the Royal's 3-best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Malachi Moore (home plate) of the Texas League, who is a product of the umpiring program at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California; Venezuelan native Edwin Moscoso (first base) of the Southern League; Kyle McCrady (second base) of the Texas League; and John Mang (third base) of the Eastern League. This will be Matias' first Futures Game and is the lone representative of the Kansas City Royals. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America's National Pastime and a truly global game. The 34-year-old Markakis played in 1,928 career Major League Baseball games before earning his first All-Star bid, which is a record.

Under the current system, the players received their paper ballots on June 15 and returned them shortly thereafter, about three weeks before the teams were named.

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