The American League is loaded with talent this year ranging from all-around talents such as the All-World outfielder Mike Trout and second baseman Jose Altuve to slugger Aaron Judge to pitching standouts Chris Sale and Justin Verlander. There are too many others to name all of them, but fortunately there is a process that helps us identify the best/most deserving/most popular players in each league: the MLB All-Star.
No, the process isn’t perfect and there are players who have no business in the game and others that are deserving will not make it in. However, by and large there are going to be a lot of players that are among the best of the best in each league participating against each other.
Well MLB announced who is going to be playing in each league, and here is the who the American League is trotting out.
Your 2018 American League All-Star starters! pic.twitter.com/YZKPf78pqG— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 8, 2018
This roster is STACKED.— MLB (@MLB) July 8, 2018
Your American League All-Star reserves. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/UZZ6iSOthA
Oh, those poor hitters.— MLB (@MLB) July 8, 2018
Here’s your American League All-Star pitching staff. pic.twitter.com/2Ri5vuNh2b
Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, and Jose Altuve have been among the leading vote getters throughout the fan voting, so their inclusion on the AL squad is far from a surprise. It also helps that they are incredibly good at baseball.
The AL pitching staff is absolutely loaded with Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Trevor Bauer, Chris Sale, and Corey Kluber headlining the starters. With Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel as the highlights of the relievers, it could be a tough night for the NL squad.