Vladimir Guerrero Jr. joined his father as an All-Star and Fernando Tatis Jr. accomplished a feat his father never achieved.
The Toronto first baseman and San Diego shortstop were among nine all-star players first elected Thursday to start the July 13 game at Coors Field in Colorado.
Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez were also selected for the first time as an All-Star in fan voting, joined by two-way Los Angeles Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani, chosen as designated hitter from the American League; Boston third baseman Rafael Devers, Cincinnati outfielder Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker, and Pittsburgh second baseman Adam Frazier.
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Injured Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been called for the eighth consecutive time, his ninth overall, and Kansas City wide receiver Salvador Perez has been called for the fourth time and seventh appearance.
St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado was elected for his fourth straight start and sixth appearance, in his first season after being traded by Colorado. He will make his second visit to Coors Field after playing there this weekend with the Cardinals.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was selected for the third time, and Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts won his second election to start and his third appearance.
San Francisco wide receiver Buster Posey is set for his fifth start and seventh appearance, his first since 2018. Posey missed the 2020 season due to health concerns for his family after he and his wife adopted prematurely born twins .
Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman was elected in his third start and fifth appearance, and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. in his second start.
The All-Star Game returns this year after last year’s presentation at Dodger Stadium was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which delayed the start of the season until the end of July. This year’s game was moved to Denver from Atlanta by Major League Baseball in response to electoral law changes passed by Georgia. Critics condemned the changes as being too restrictive.
Guerrero and Tatis are the 22-year-old sons of former Grand Leaguers.
Vladimir Guerrero was a nine-time All-Star from 1996 to 2011 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Fernando Tatis was a third baseman, outfielder and first baseman who played in the majors of 1997 to 2010.
The Guerreros are the fifth father-son pair chosen for the game as starters, joining Ray and Bob Boone, Bob and Bret Boone, Bobby and Barry Bonds, and Cecil and Prince Fielder.
Ohtani, Mets hitter Pete Alonso, Orioles fan favorite Trey Mancini and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story have been confirmed for this year’s All-Star Home Run Derby. Alonso won the previous event in 2019 in Cleveland.
The first phase of the vote took place from June 3 to 24 and the second phase from Monday to Thursday this week.
Hernandez beat Minnesota outfielder Byron Buxton by less than 5,000 votes for last place in AL field in the tightest race.
Trout tied Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Fame Gary Carter and Ryne Sandberg with eight consecutive fan elections, behind only Hall of Fame Rod Carew (15), George Brett and Ken Griffey Jr. (11 each) , Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith (10 each), and Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez (9 each).
Eleven teams had elected players, led by Toronto with three, and Boston, Atlanta and Cincinnati with two each. The Blue Jays have been away from home since 2019 due to Canadian government restrictions on coronaviruses.
Pitchers and reserves determined by player vote and the commissioner’s office will be announced on Sunday. Each all-star team has 32 players
In relatively tight votes, Winker edged the Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers by 16 percent to 13 percent, Arenado beat Justin Turner of the Dodgers by 40 percent to 30 percent and Bogaerts beat Bo Bichette of the Blue Jays. from 42 percent to 47 percent.