For the second season in a row, Los Angeles star Shohai Ohtani has been selected as the pitcher and hitter for the American League All-Star team, while brothers William Contreras and Wilson Contreras will both make their debuts for the National League.
Ohtani, 28, was voted as the designated hitter for the AL team, then selected as the pitcher by the MLB. He will showcase his talents away from his Angels home when the All-Star Game takes place on July 19 at Dodgers Stadium.
Joining him in Los Angeles is Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw who made his ninth All-Star team and first since 2019. Kershaw was the MLB’s choice, while William Contreras was voted the hitter by his colleagues.
Phillies slugger Bryce Harper won the vote for fans to start the game in DH for the NL, but he is injured so William will join the starting lineup with Chicago Cub catcher Wilson Contreras. In 1992, for the first time since Roberto Alomer and Sandy Alomer Jr., the two brothers were to make their debut in the All-Star Game.
“We just had two kids dreaming of a place in the big leagues and now a place in the All-Star Game,” Wilson said. “It’s a dream. There are a lot of brothers who would love to do it. Playing against each other with my brother will be the best time of our lives.”
The Contreras brothers have faced each other twice this year when the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs faced each other in the regular season, but this is the first time in the big leagues they have worn uniforms for the same team. Harper will be turned over to the roster in the next few days.
The New York Yankees are leading with six All-Star picks, while the Houston Astros have five, including 39-year-old Wright Justin Verlander, who missed Tommy John surgery all previous seasons.
Like Kershaw, this is Verelander’s ninth time making an all-star team.
Other notable veterans who have made the team include Cardinals’ third baseman Nolan Arenado, who joins teammate Paul Goldschmidt as a seven-time pick. Yankees starter Gerrit Cole made his 5th All-Star team, while Brewers’ close friend Josh Haider made his fourth.
18, including a total of nine pitchers and both catchers in the American League, are all-stars for the first time. The NL team has 12 first-time supporters and a total of 23 first- or second-time selections.
Paul Blackburn, Emmanuel Claes, Clay Holmes, George Lopez and Alec Manoa have joined the AL pitching staff along with Ohtani, Verlander and Cole. Left-wingers Nestor Cortes, Shane McClanahan, Martin Perez, Gregory Soto and Framber Valdez also made the team.
The AL reserve includes catcher Jose Trevino as well as infielders Luis Arez, Xander Bogarts, Andres Gimenez and Jose Ramirez.
The AL All-Star outfielders include Andrew Benintendi, Byron Buxton, Julio Rodriguez, George Springer, Kyle Tucker and Jordan Alvarez.
The NL pitchers who will join Kershaw and Hader include Sandy Alcantara, David Bedner, Corbin Burns, Luis Castillo, Edwin Diaz, Tony Gonsolin, Ryan Helsley and Joe Musgrove.
Left-handers Max Fried and Joe Montpelli also made the team.
The NL reserve infielders include Pete Alonso, CJ Krone, Jeff McNeil and Dansby Swanson. Ian Hap, Starling Marte, Kyle Schwarber and Juan Soto are NL outfield reserves.
Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujol will all join the squad, as well as players starting for the game were announced in Los Angeles on Friday. Cabrera and Pujol were elected commissioners.