All-Star Game Selection Process

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The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played in two weeks at Citi Field in New York. The All-Star teams will be unveiled on Saturday, July 6th on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on FOX at 3:30 p.m. (PT).

The A.L. All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the N.L. All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters.  The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers – A.L. skipper Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers and N.L. manager Bruce Bochy of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote.  Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 11th.

Here is a detailed outline of the All-Star Game selection process:

American League

  • There are 9 fan-elected starters (position players including the DH).
  • There are 9 player-elected reserves, including a reserve DH, and 8 player-elected pitchers (5 starters and 3 relievers). That brings the total to 26.
  • At this point, the A.L. manager has to make sure that every club is represented, and selects 7 players in consultation with MLB. The manager’s 7 picks usually include 5 pitchers (to get to the minimum of 13 pitchers) and 2 position players. That brings the total to 33.
  • The 34th and final player is determined by a vote of the fans on MLB.com. Five position players and/or pitchers can be nominated for the final vote.

National League

  • There are 8 fan-elected starters (no DH).
  • There are 8 player-elected reserves, without a reserve DH, and 8 player-elected pitchers (5 starters and 3 relievers). That brings the total to 24 (which is two less than the AL’s 26, which includes two DHs).
  • At this point, the N.L. manager has to make sure that every club is represented, and selects 9 players in consultation with MLB. The manager’s 9 picks usually include 5 pitchers (to get to the minimum of 13 pitchers) and 4 position players (two more than the AL manager because the AL has two built-in DHs). That brings the total to 33.
  • The 34th and final player is determined by a vote of the fans on MLB.com. Five position players and/or pitchers can be nominated for the final vote.

Notes of Interest

  • In the player selection process, the AL gets a reserve DH in addition to the fan-elected DH. Thus, the NL manager has more flexibility than the A.L. manager and gets to pick two more position players (four for the NL manager and two for AL manager).
  • The Sunday pitching rule has been relaxed – it is no longer automatic that Sunday pitchers are ineligible. It is possible that Sunday pitchers could pitch in the All-Star Game under a one-inning maximum or an agreed-upon pitch limit.

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