The Cubs and Cardinals will not be represented in the MLB All Star Game's starting lineups, for next Tuesday night in Miami, FL but the two squads will be represented, per MLB policy each team must have representation.
On Sunday, MLB unveiled the starters and reserves for the National League and American League All-Star teams. Fan vote, of course, determined the starting position players in each league (eight in the NL and nine -- including DH -- in the AL, and pitchers and reserves were chosen by a combination of player ballot and selections made by the commissioner's office. The respective managers, Joe Maddon of the Cubs for the NL and Terry Francona of the Indians for the AL, will chose the starting pitchers. Maddon will also select his DH from the NL's reserves. Each roster comprises 32 players -- 20 position players and 12 pitchers. As in years past, each of MLB's 30 teams must be represented by at least one All-Star.
Cubs closer Wade Davis was selected and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was selected as a National League reserve.
The American League starters feature six first time all stars in their starting lineup highlighted by rookie sensation Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Resident all-star veterans Sal Perez of the Kansas City Royals andMike Trout of the Angels make their fifth and sixth appearances respectively.
Blue Jays 1B Justin Smoak was slected to his first all star game as a starter while Indians 3B Jose Ramirez makes his first appearance as a starter.
The Houston Astros have the most representation in the AL starting lineup with Jose Altuve, making his fifth appearance in the All-Star game and Carlos Correa and George Springer will attend their fist mid-summer classic.
Rays DH Corey Dickerson will make his first all star game appearance.
White Sox OF Avisail Garcia makes his first all-star game. Former Cubs SS, Starlin Castro has been selected to his fourth all star game at 2B from the Yankees.
Yankees C Gary Sanchez, Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop, and Twins 3B Miguel Sano will make their first All-Star game appearances.
Leading vote getter Bryce Harper highlights three Washington Nationals starting in the NL starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy were each selected as starters from Washington.
Charlie Blackmon from the Rockies and Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins each were selected starters in their second all-star game selections.
Reds SS Zack Cozart edged out the Dodgers' Corey Seager to start while Nolan Arenado of the Rockies will make his second all star game appearance.
Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger was selected to the roster and will particate in Monday's home run derby, highlighted by fellow-reserve and reigning derby champ, Giancarlo Stanton, who will seek to put on a show in front of his home crowd at Marlins Park.