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DYK: Facts to know about All-Star rosters

July 2, 2017

The rosters for the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, set for Tuesday, July 11, at Marlins Park in Miami, feature a collection of elite talent, ranging from veteran mainstays returning to the Midsummer Classic to up-and-coming stars making their first appearances.American and National League starting lineups and reserves were

The rosters for the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, set for Tuesday, July 11, at Marlins Park in Miami, feature a collection of elite talent, ranging from veteran mainstays returning to the Midsummer Classic to up-and-coming stars making their first appearances.
American and National League starting lineups and reserves were announced on Sunday night's Esurance All-Star Selection Show, and still to come is the Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans have until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday to help determine the final slot on each roster.
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This year's batch of All-Stars features 23 first-time selections, 15 from the AL (four pitchers, 11 position players) and eight from the NL (three pitchers, five position players).
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Below is a closer look at some interesting facts for this year's squads:
Bryce Harper (4,630,306) was the leading vote-getter, joining the Expos' Gary Carter (1982) as the only players in franchise history to top the Majors in All-Star balloting.
Aaron Judge (4,488,702) ranked first in AL voting. He's the first AL rookie fan-elected starter since the Yankees' Hideki Matsui in 2003. At age 25, Judge is also the youngest player to lead the AL in voting since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994, and the first Yankees player to do so since Derek Jeter in '09.

• Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina leads the way with his eighth All-Star selection, the most of any player on this year's rosters. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw ranks second with seven appearances. For the AL, Michael Trout, Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel are each tied at six.
• The Astros, Indians, Yankees and Nationals will all be sending five players to Miami, the most among the 30 teams. Houston hasn't had five All-Stars since 1994, Cleveland since 2004 and New York since '11. Washington had five All-Stars last season.

• The Rockies have a club-record four players named to the NL squad, with the potential for a fifth. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon were voted starters and will be joined by Greg Holland and DJ LeMahieu. Mark Reynolds is up for the NL Final Vote.
• Among the first-time All-Star selections, seven are starters: Carlos Correa (SS), Jose Ramirez (3B), Justin Smoak (1B), Judge (OF), George Springer (OF) and Corey Dickerson (DH) in the AL, and Zack Cozart (SS) in the NL.

• In addition to those six AL starters and Cozart, All-Star veterans Arenado (3B), Daniel Murphy (2B), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Blackmon (OF) and Marcell Ozuna (OF) were named first-time starters.
• The Final Vote candidates also feature a handful of names who could be making their first trip to the Midsummer Classic. In the NL, Justin Bour, Anthony Rendon, Reynolds and Justin Turner are vying for their first All-Star selection. In the AL, it's Didi Gregorius and Logan Morrison.

• Trout is an All-Star for a sixth straight year since his first full season in 2012. Despite being on the disabled list since May 29, Trout was voted a starter for a fifth time, more than other 2017 All-Star. Buster Posey and Harper are second as four-time starters.
• Tigers slugger Jose Cabrera finished fifth in voting among AL first basemen, falling short of his 12th selection. This year's All-Star Game will be the first without Cabrera since 2009, snapping his streak of seven consecutive appearances.
Nelson Cruz, who turned 37 on Saturday, represents the oldest selection from either league. The youngest is the Dodgers' breakout rookie Cody Bellinger, who turns 22 two days after the game, on July 13. At 21 years, 354 days old the day of the game, Bellinger will be the youngest position player in Dodgers history on an All-Star team, surpassing teammate and previous record-holder Corey Seager (22 years, 69 days).
• The defending champion Chicago Cubs went from seven representatives at least year's game, including five starters, to just one in 2017. Closer Wade Davis is the lone Cubs player on the NL roster. He could, however, be joined by third baseman Kristopher Bryant, who is among the NL's Final Vote candidates.
• Posey and Salvador Perez are back behind the plate as starting catchers for a third consecutive season. This is the first time the two starting catchers have remained the same for three straight years since Hall of Famers Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez started eight consecutive All-Star Games from 1994-2001.
Ervin Santana is an All-Star for the first time since 2008, when he was with the Angels. That nine-year stretch between All-Star Games is the longest since Adam Dunn went 10 years between All-Star Games, making the team in 2002 and then in '12. Before Santana, the last pitcher to go nine years between All-Star appearances was Andy Pettitte (2001, '10).

David Adler and Chad Thornburg are reporters for