With the National League looking to claim consecutive All-Star Game victories for the first time since 1996, the roster that will represent the league in that quest is in its initial stages of development.
David Ortiz, Travis Hafner and Michael Young are among the top candidates to start at designated hitter for the American League in the July 12 All-Star Game.
Lance Berkman and Matt Joyce have enjoyed revivals this season, and have added their names the All-Star voting conversation in the outfield, which begins with slugger Jose Bautista.
The quandary at third base seems to boil down to what kind of voter you are. Do you give significant weight to status and prestige? Or do you believe the ones who make up the starting lineups should be the first half's best players?
MLB will host a real wedding ceremony for the first time as part of All-Star Week in Phoenix in July. Couples are invited to share their stories now through June 1 on MLB.com for a chance to win this wedding.
Bruce Bochy of the NL and Ron Washington of the AL named their coaching staffs for the 2011 All-Star Game on Tuesday.
With the ballots out and the season well underway, slow starts for Derek Jeter and Hanley Ramirez, who were the starting All-Star shortstops in 2008, 2009 and 2010, could lead to a shakeup at this year's Midsummer Classic, which takes place on July 12 at Phoenix's Chase Field.
Fans have another chance to secure their seats to the 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be played July 12 at the D-backs' Chase Field.
Second base has gone from a position primarily about defense to one that is now very much about power. But so far this year, the prevailing theme at second base has been little production from big names.
We appreciate the Gold Glove winners and the premier pitchers, but, by and large, we gravitate toward the big bashers. The sultans of swat receive a lot of All-Star votes, and a good number of them play first base.
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