Unlike the embarrassing exhibition games that are played in the NHL, NBA and NFL, the MLB All-Star Game is a competitive matchup of the best players from the American and National Leagues. With that being said, the starting lineups for the game are determined by the fans, who are always unpredictable.
While most starters only play four of five innings, starting the All-Star game is always better than finishing it. Naturally, some fans are waiting until the last minute to cast their ballot, so we won’t know the starting nine for both squads until July 6th when both rosters are fully revealed.
When that time comes, look for the starting catcher of the National League to be none other than Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants. While Yadier Molina has commanded the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff perfectly in 2013, the Giants’ standout should and will get the All-Star nod in 2013. Posey has been a national icon since pushing the Giants to a World Series title in his rookie campaign — it also helps that Posey was the NL MVP in 2012.
From the backstops to the outfield where Torii Hunter has always been a fan-favorite. Since Mike Trout and Adam Jones appear to have two of the three starting outfield spots locked up, Hunter will have to fight for that last opening. Everyone remembers when the then-Minnesota Twins outfielder robbed a home run from Barry Bonds in the 2002 MLB All-Star Game, right?