Both the starters and reserves of the 2010 National League All Star team were revealed on Sunday, and the most interesting story that might be found here is that Stephen Strasburg did not make the team this year. It was a good decision to leave Strasburg off the team, as he hasn’t pitched in enough games to make him worthy of that spot yet.
These 2010 National League All Stars have all had great first halves to the MLB season, and it would be wrong to take away one of their spots, just because this phenom pitched so well in the month of June. Still, fans may have wanted him on the team, and it would have been interesting to see him go up against the best pitching the American League has to offer.
The 2010 National League All Star Starters
C — Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
1B — Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
2B — Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
3B — David Wright, New York Mets
SS — Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
OF — Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
OF — Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
OF — Andre Ethier, LA Dodgers
Among the 2010 National League All Stars, both Jason Heyward and Andre Ethier will start for their first time in the MLB All Star Game. The starter with the most appearances is Albert Pujols, who was voted into his ninth All Star Game as a pro. It is also quite apparent that the fans have enjoyed the first season of Jason Heyward in the big leagues, netting a starting spot during his rookie campaign. Unlike the American League All Star starters, there could be quite a lot of debate about the National League starters, with quite a few players among the reserves that could have been deserving of a starting spot.
There is still the chance that some of the snubbed players from this All Star team could be added due to injuries, and maybe that will give players like Heath Bell, Joey Votto, Billy Wagner, and Ryan Zimmerman all a chance to get on to the team. They were all players near the top of the game right now, and having four definite “All Stars” get snubbed might show that either there are a lot of talented players in the National League, or there are some reserves that didn’t deserve a nod over them.
The 2010 All Star Game will be played on July 13th, 2010 at Anaheim, and the winning league will once again get home field advantage in the World Series.
2010 National League All Star Team Reserves
Catchers — Brian McCann (Atlanta Braves)
Infielders — 1B Ryan Howard (Philadelphia Phillies), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (San Diego Padres), 2B Martin Prado (Atlanta Braves), 2B Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati Reds), SS Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies), SS Jose Reyes (New York Mets), 3B Scott Rolen (Cincinnati Reds), and INF Omar Infante (Atlanta Braves).
Outfielders — Michael Bourn (Houston Astros), Marlon Byrd (Chicago Cubs), Corey Hart (Milwaukee Brewers), Matt Holliday (St. Louis Cardinals), and Chris Young (Arizona Diamondbacks).
Pitchers — Jonathan Broxton (LA Dodgers), Chris Carpenter (St. Louis), Matt Capps (Washington Nationals), Yovani Gallardo (Milwaukee Brewers), Roy Halladay (Philadelphia), Tim Hudson (Atlanta), Ubaldo Jimenez (Colorado), Tim Lincecum (San Francisco Giants), Evan Meek (Pittsburgh Pirates), Arthur Rhodes (Cincinnati), Adam Wainwright (St. Louis), and Brian Wilson (San Francisco).