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2018 All-Star Game Open Thread

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Featuring Yadier Molina and some other baseball players not named Yadier Molina

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The 89th annual Midsummer Classic has arrived, and I for one am just glad the contest no longer determines home field advantage for the World Series. Now we can overtly have fun and stop pretending that anybody actually took this exhibition game seriously. More fun is good!

Here is how the American League will line up tonight:

  1. Mookie Betts, RF, Red Sox
  2. Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
  3. Mike Trout, CF, Angels
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH, Red Sox
  5. Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians
  6. Aaron Judge, LF, Yankees
  7. Manny Machado, SS, Orioles
  8. Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
  9. Salvador Perez, C, Royals

SP: Chris Sale, Red Sox

As for the National League:

  1. Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs
  2. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH, Diamondbacks
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
  5. Matt Kemp, LF, Dodgers
  6. Bryce Harper, CF, Nationals
  7. Nick Markakis, RF, Braves
  8. Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants
  9. Willson Contreras, C, Cubs

SP: Max Scherzer, Nationals

Yadier Molina will represent the Cardinals in Washington D.C., replacing the injured Buster Posey. Miles Mikolas was selected to the NL roster as well, but he is missing the All-Star festivities to spend this time with his wife, Lauren, who is pregnant with twins and went into labor earlier than anticipated.