The votes have been tallied, and now we know the starters for the 2021 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
Below are the position players chosen by fans to start the Midsummer Classic for the American and National Leagues. They emerged the winners after two rounds of voting -- the first to Denver’s Coors Field.
Here's who will be starting the All-Star Game.
AL -- Salvador Perez, Royals (6th All-Star Game start): Ten seasons and nearly 1,000 games behind the plate into his career, Perez is arguably better than ever with the bat. He entered Thursday slugging .515 with 19 homers in 2021 after putting up a .633 mark in last year’s shortened season, and he was third across the Majors in total hard-hit balls in play, per Statcast. (Runners-up: Martín Maldonado, HOU; Yasmani Grandal, CWS)
NL -- Buster Posey, Giants (5th ASG start): Posey opted not to play in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and he rejuvenated his career in terms of offensive production upon his return, looking more like the catcher who won the NL MVP Award in 2012. Entering Thursday, he was hitting .330/.418/.560 with 12 home runs -- as many homers as he hit in 2018 and ’19 combined. (Runners-up: Yadier Molina, STL; Willson Contreras, CHC)
AL -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (1st ASG start): After a two-year “loading stage,” Guerrero is right where many expected him to be as an All-Star -- and maybe even beyond expectations, since he was this year’s leading vote-getter across both leagues. He is the youngest player ever to lead MLB in All-Star voting. Guerrero entered Thursday tied for second in the Majors with 26 home runs. (Runners-up: Yuli Gurriel, HOU; José Abreu, CWS)
NL -- Freddie Freeman, Braves (3rd ASG start): The reigning NL MVP isn’t off to as good of a start as he’d like, but subpar for him is All-Star-caliber nonetheless. He had an .843 OPS with 17 homers entering play Thursday, and thanks to a big Phase 2 turnout for Freeman, he surpassed runner-up Max Muncy, the Phase 1 leader. (Runners-up: Max Muncy, LAD; Anthony Rizzo, CHC)
AL -- Marcus Semien, Blue Jays (1st ASG start): Semien is one of three Blue Jays to nab a starting spot, the most of any club in either league. He led off with a homer on Thursday to become the first second baseman to 20 taters, and he’s red hot after winning May’s AL Player of the Month award. (Runners-up: Jose Altuve, HOU; DJ LeMahieu, NYY)
NL -- Adam Frazier, Pirates (1st ASG start): Frazier is enjoying a breakout season, entering Thursday hitting .327/.395/.471 with an 11.1 percent strikeout rate -- in an era of slugging and strikeouts, Frazier is about as tough to fan as they come. He got a late push to overtake the Braves’ Ozzie Albies, who led after Phase 1 of voting. (Runners-up: Ozzie Albies, ATL; Gavin Lux, LAD)
AL -- Rafael Devers, Red Sox (1st ASG start): Guerrero, Semien and Devers give the AL three first-time All-Stars in its starting infield. Devers also clubbed his 20th homer of the year Thursday and leads the Majors in RBIs. (Runners-up: Alex Bregman, HOU; Yoán Moncada, CWS)
NL -- Nolan Arenado, Cardinals (4th ASG start): It appears 2020 was just an aberration, because after his worst offensive season in the Majors, Arenado has regained his RBI-machine form, entering his return to Colorado on Thursday with 16 homers and 52 RBIs. Thanks to a Phase 2 surge that sent him past the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, who led after Phase 1, Arenado will be starting in the Midsummer Classic in a familiar spot -- the hot corner at Coors Field. (Runners-up: Justin Turner, LAD; Kris Bryant, CHC)
AL -- Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (2nd ASG start): The Blue Jays will man the right side of the AL infield, and the rival Red Sox claimed both left-side spots. Bogaerts’ last Midsummer Classic starting assignment came back in 2016, his age-23 season. Catcher Christian Vázquez and pitchers Matt Barnes and Eduardo Rodriguez are the only other members of that ‘16 Red Sox roster who are still with the team. (Runners-up: Bo Bichette, TOR; Carlos Correa, HOU)
NL -- Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres (1st ASG start): Yes, you read that correctly -- sometimes it’s jarring to realize this will be Tatis’ first All-Star Game, but with the pandemic cancelling last year’s Midsummer Classic, Tatis will make his All-Star debut after receiving more votes than any other NL player. Tatis went into Thursday’s action leading the Majors with an incredible .705 slugging percentage, while leading the NL in homers. (Runners-up: Javier Báez, CHC; Brandon Crawford, SF)
Mike Trout, Angels (7th ASG start): Trout (right calf strain) is on the 60-day injured list and won’t be eligible until after the All-Star break. But as the leading vote-getter among AL outfielders, baseball’s best player keeps his streak alive of earning an All-Star Game nod in each of his eligible seasons as a big leaguer (he debuted in early July 2011, and there was no Midsummer Classic in ‘20).
Aaron Judge, Yankees (3rd ASG start): The Yankees’ season hasn’t gone according to plan so far, but Judge is doing his thing. New York’s hulking slugger has put up 18 homers and has 38 barrels -- Statcast’s term for batted balls most likely to do damage, based on exit velocity and launch angle -- to rank third across the Majors.
Teoscar Hernández, Blue Jays (1st ASG start): Hernández is the most surprising AL starter, and his spot didn’t come easy; he claimed it by fewer than 5,000 votes after placing eighth among outfielders after the first update Tuesday and entering Thursday’s final day of voting in fourth. Still, Hernández has earned this spot with a .302/.344/.492 line, 11 homers and 47 RBIs while protecting Guerrero in the Toronto lineup.
AL outfield runners-up: Byron Buxton, MIN; Michael Brantley, HOU; Cedric Mullins, BAL; Randal Grichuk, TOR; Adolis García, TEX; Alex Verdugo, BOS
Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves (2nd ASG start): Talk about consistency -- Acuña entered play Thursday with an identical OPS to last season’s, .987. And he’s of course well on his way to his second 30-homer/30-steal campaign (and perhaps even his first 40-40 campaign).
Nick Castellanos, Reds (1st ASG start): We knew Castellanos was among the game’s best hitters, but he’s taken it to a whole new level this season, going into Thursday with an MLB-leading .346 batting average to go along with a 1.002 OPS. He also had the most hits (102) and doubles (27) in baseball.
Jesse Winker, Reds (1st ASG start): Make that two Reds starters in the All-Star Game, as Castellanos will see a familiar face in the cavernous Coors Field outfield. Much like teammate Castellanos, Winker has taken his offensive production to another level this season, already setting career highs in homers (19 entering Thursday) and RBIs (48 entering Thursday).
NL outfield runners-up: Mookie Betts, LAD; Chris Taylor, LAD; Joc Pederson, CHC; Mike Yastrzemski, SF; Bryce Harper, PHI; Juan Soto, WSH)
AL -- Shohei Ohtani, Angels (1st ASG start): J.D. Martinez and Yordan Alvarez have enjoyed strong seasons for their clubs … but, come on. There’s simply no way one could fill out the AL’s starting lineup without including Ohtani, the headlining story of the 2021 season as he leads the world with 28 homers at the plate and owns a 3.60 ERA and 83 strikeouts across 60 innings on the mound. Between his participation in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and his starting assignment as the DH the next night in the All-Star Game, Ohtani has a chance to put his stamp all over this year’s Midsummer Classic. (Runners-up: J.D. Martinez, BOS; Yordan Alvarez, HOU)
NL -- Manager selects designated hitter
Below is a breakdown of voting totals and percentages for all of the starters election finalists:
- Salvador Perez (Royals): 62%
- Martín Maldonado (Astros): 20%
- Yasmani Grandal (White Sox): 18%
- Buster Posey (Giants): 58%
- Yadier Molina (Cardinals): 25%
- Willson Contreras (Cubs): 18%
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays): 75%
- Yuli Gurriel (Astros): 15%
- José Abreu (White Sox): 10%
- Freddie Freeman (Braves): 48%
- Max Muncy (Dodgers): 34%
- Anthony Rizzo (Cubs): 18%
- Marcus Semien (Blue Jays): 54%
- Jose Altuve (Astros): 32%
- DJ LeMahieu (Yankees): 14%
- Adam Frazier (Pirates): 47%
- Ozzie Albies (Braves): 33%
- Gavin Lux (Dodgers): 20%
- Rafael Devers (Red Sox): 61%
- Alex Bregman (Astros): 22%
- Yoán Moncada (White Sox): 16%
- Nolan Arenado (Cardinals): 40%
- Justin Turner (Dodgers): 34%
- Kris Bryant (Cubs): 26%
- Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox): 42%
- Bo Bichette (Blue Jays): 37%
- Carlos Correa (Astros): 21%
- Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres): 64%
- Javier Báez (Cubs): 19%
- Brandon Crawford (Giants): 17%
- Mike Trout (Angels): 19%
- Aaron Judge (Yankees): 13%
- Teoscar Hernández (Blue Jays): 12%
- Byron Buxton (Twins): 12%
- Michael Brantley (Astros): 10%
- Cedric Mullins (Orioles): 10%
- Randal Grichuk (Blue Jays): 8%
- Adolis García (Rangers): 8%
- Alex Verdugo (Red Sox): 8%
- Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves): 21%
- Nick Castellanos (Reds): 18%
- Jesse Winker (Reds): 16%
- Mookie Betts (Dodgers): 13%
- Chris Taylor (Dodgers): 7%
- Joc Pederson (Cubs): 7%
- Mike Yastrzemski (Giants): 6%
- Bryce Harper (Phillies): 6%
- Juan Soto (Nationals): 6%
- Shohei Ohtani (Angels): 63%
- J.D. Martinez (Red Sox): 20%
- Yordan Alvarez (Astros): 17%
The 2021 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard will be played on Tuesday, July 13, at Coors Field in Denver. It will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.