Starters for the 2023 MLB All-Star Game in Seattle were announced following fan voting that concluded this week, and the group included three Los Angeles Dodgers position players poised to be part of the National League lineup.
The Dodgers’ three starters is tied with the Braves for the most in the NL, but they trail the Texas Rangers with four starters for the American League.
Freddie Freeman is starting at first base, which marks his seventh All-Star Game selection. It’s Freeman’s fourth career start in a Midsummer Classic, with the previous three coming consecutively from 2018-21.
Freeman became the first Dodgers first baseman to earn the starting assignment from the fans since Steve Garvey won seven straight (1974-80).
Mookie Betts is starting in the outfield, which marks his seventh All-Star Game selection and fourth starting assignment, including his second in a row with Los Angeles.
Betts becomes the first Dodgers outfielder to garner a fan-elected start in consecutive seasons since Matt Kemp in 2011-2012.
J.D. Martinez received the nod for NL designated hitter, which is his sixth career All-Star selection. It’s Martinez’s first on an NL All-Star roster.
The 13-year veteran becomes just the second NL fan-elected designated hitter in MLB history.
Joining the trio of Dodgers as NL starters are Sean Murphy, Luis Arraez, Nolan Arenado, Oraldno Arcia, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Corbin Carroll. Acuña was the leading vote-getter among all NL players.
On the opposite side, AL-leading vote-getter Shohei Ohtani starts as the DH, joined by his teammate Mike Trout in the outfield to represent the Los Angeles Angels.
The Texas Rangers’ group consists of catcher Jonah Heim, second baseman Marcus Semien, shortstop Corey Seager and rookie third baseman Josh Jung.
They are joined by Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena and breakout star Yandy Díaz at first base, along with New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge in the outfield.
With the elections of Carroll and Jung, this marks the first time both the AL and NL will feature a rookie in the lineup for the same All-Star Game.
Furthermore, it’s only the second time that two rookies have been named All-Star starters in the same year, joining 2008 when Chicago Cubs teammates Kosuke Fukudome and Geovany Soto earned fan elections.
The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 23 for each side – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office.
The rest of the All-Star Game rosters will be announced on Sunday, July 2, at 2:30 p.m. PT.
The 93rd Midsummer Classic is set to be played on July 11 and televised nationally by Fox Sports.
MLB All-Star Game starters 2023
C: Sean Murphy, Braves (1st career selection)
1B: Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (7th)
2B: Luis Arraez, Marlins (2nd)
3B: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals (8th)
SS: Orlando Arcia, Braves (1st)
OF: Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves (4th)
OF: Mookie Betts, Dodgers (7th)
OF: Corbin Carroll, D-backs (1st)
DH: J.D. Martinez, Dodgers (6th)
C: Jonah Heim, Rangers (1st)
1B: Yandy Díaz, Rays (1st)
2B: Marcus Semien, Rangers (2nd)
3B: Josh Jung, Rangers (1st)
SS: Corey Seager, Rangers (4th)
OF: Mike Trout, Angels (11th)
OF: Randy Arozarena, Rays (1st)
OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees (5th)
DH: Shohei Ohtani, Angels (3rd)
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