15 stats and facts about '22 All-Star rosters
It’ll be a star-studded group on the field next Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. By definition, the All-Star Game always puts the game’s top players on display, and this year is no exception. With full All-Star rosters announced Sunday, it’s time to dig into the relevant context.
Here are 15 stats & facts about the 2022 All-Star rosters.
• The Yankees lead the way with six All-Stars – Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Clay Holmes, Jose Trevino, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. That’s their most since 2011, when they had eight.
• The reigning World Series champions are well-represented, too, with five All-Stars, most in the NL – Max Fried, Travis d’Arnaud, Dansby Swanson, Ronald Acuña Jr. and William Contreras. That’s their most since 2011, too, when the Braves also had five.
• Speaking of Contreras, he joins his brother, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, on the NL roster. They’re the first brothers to make the All-Star Game in the same season since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003. They’re the first to be on the same roster together since Sandy Jr. and Roberto Alomar in 1998 for the AL. With William named the starting DH in place of the injured Bryce Harper, they’ll be the first to start for the same league since the Alomars in 1992.
• Overall, the Contrerases will be the fifth set of brothers to start the All-Star Game for the same league in the same year, joining the Alomars (1991-92 AL), Joe and Dom DiMaggio (1949 AL), Dixie and Harry Walker (1947 NL) and Mort and Walker Cooper (1942-43 NL).
• The Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez is the lone rookie on All-Star rosters this year. He’s the sixth Mariners rookie to be an All-Star, joining Michael Pineda (2011), Ichiro Suzuki (2001), Alvin Davis (1984), Matt Young (1983) and Ruppert Jones (1977). He’s one of three players in Mariners history to be an All-Star at age 21 or younger, joining Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr., who were each All-Stars at 20 and 21 years old.
• If Rodríguez notches a base hit, he’d be the youngest player with a hit in an All-Star Game since 20-year-old Mike Trout in 2012. Only eight players have gotten a hit in the Midsummer Classic at 21 years, 202 days old or younger, Rodríguez’s age next Tuesday: Trout, Garry Templeton (1977), Butch Wynegar (‘77), Claudell Washington (‘75), César Cedeño (‘72), Henry Aaron (‘55), Al Kaline (‘55) and Richie Ashburn (‘48).
• Rodríguez is part of a group of 30 All-Stars on the roster for the first time. This is the fourth consecutive All-Star Game with at least 30 players making their debut on an All-Star roster. In addition, at least 30 players have now been first-time All-Stars in eight of the last nine games, and 10 of the last 12 installments.
• On the opposite end of the age spectrum, there’s special selection Albert Pujols, who’s 42. If he gets in the game, he will be the seventh player to get an All-Star Game plate appearance at age 42 or older, joining 2007 Barry Bonds, 1991 Carlton Fisk, 1985 Pete Rose, 1982-83 Carl Yastrzemski, 1973 Willie Mays and 1963 Stan Musial.
The only player to get a hit in the All-Star Game at age 42 or older was Fisk, at 43 in 1991.
• This is Clayton Kershaw's ninth All-Star selection, second-most in Dodgers history, behind Pee Wee Reese (10). He broke a tie at eight with Steve Garvey, Don Drysdale, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges.
• For the second year in a row, Shohei Ohtani is in as both a hitter – voted the AL’s starting DH – and a pitcher. Last year, he was the first player to be on the All-Star team as a hitter and pitcher, and now he’s done it twice.
• As announced Friday, Mike Trout is a starter. It’s his 10th All-Star selection overall, and he’s just 30 years old. He’s one of nine players to make at least 10 All-Star teams by his age-30 season, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (11), Johnny Bench (11), Al Kaline (11), Mickey Mantle (11), Rodriguez (10), Iván Rodríguez (10), Rod Carew (10) and Henry Aaron (10).
• Those starters include three individuals who will have now started for both leagues in the All-Star Game. Manny Machado will be the second player to start at least one All-Star Game at third for both leagues, joining Graig Nettles, who also completed the set as a Padres starter, in 1985 (started ‘75 & ‘80 with NYY).
Mookie Betts and Giancarlo Stanton will be the sixth and seventh players to start an All-Star Game in the outfield for both leagues in their careers, joining Vladimir Guerrero Sr., Ken Griffey Jr., Dave Winfield, Jason Bay and Frank Robinson.
• Trea Turner will be the first Dodgers player to start an All-Star Game at shortstop since Bill Russell in 1980, the last time the club hosted the Midsummer Classic.
• At 23 years & 255 days old on the day of the All-Star Game, Alejandro Kirk will be the youngest starting catcher since a 23-year-old Iván Rodríguez in 1995. Pudge started three All-Star Games before turning 24. The only other catchers to start at 23 or younger are Johnny Bench (three times) and Joe Torre.
• Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will be the first Yankees outfield duo to be All-Star starters in the same year since Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield in 1988.
The full list of Yankees’ outfield starting duos in All-Star Games, which they will join:
1985-88: Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield
1981: Reggie Jackson, Winfield
1960-62: Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris
1953-54: Hank Bauer, Mantle
1942: Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich
1940: DiMaggio, Charlie Keller
1939: DiMaggio, George Selkirk
1933: Ben Chapman, Babe Ruth