July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Joe Mauer and Albert Pujols topped fan voting for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game while rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals was left off the National League roster.
Mauer, a catcher for the Minnesota Twins and the American League’s reigning Most Valuable Player, will make his fourth appearance in the midseason exhibition. Pujols, a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, will play for the ninth time.
Fans cast 21.2 million votes to decide the nine AL and eight NL starters, while 220 million ballots were cast overall, MLB said on its website yesterday. Strasburg wasn’t among the 13 NL pitchers, eight of whom were chosen by players and five by the Philadelphia Phillies’ Charlie Manuel, who’s managing the team for the second straight year.
“He got quite a bit of consideration,” Manuel said in a televised interview with TBS. “He’s going to be an All-Star for a long time. I just felt like there’s other guys who have started anywhere from 18 to 20 games.”
Strasburg, whose fastball tops 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour, has made six starts since being called up from the minor leagues and is 2-2 with a 2.45 earned run average. He struck out a record 41 batters in his first four games and has 53 strikeouts overall and 10 walks in 36 2/3 innings.
The 81st All-Star Game will be held July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
At stake is home-field advantage in the World Series.
Since 2003, the team from the winning league gains the right to host as many as four games in the best-of-seven championship matchup. The AL last year extended its unbeaten All-Star Game streak to 13 years with a 4-3 victory at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Mauer got 5.37 million votes, the third-most ever after the 6.08 million cast for Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994 and the 5.4 million received by Pujols last year.
Mauer is the second Twins player after Hall of Famer Rod Carew in 1975 to lead the voting, and the first catcher to top the balloting since Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers 10 years ago. The 30-year-old Pujols got the most votes among NL players for the fourth time, with a tally of 4.38 million.
Mauer is joined in the AL starting lineup by Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, while the NL starters also include Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
The other AL starters as voted for by fans are: second baseman Robinson Cano (Yankees); shortstop Derek Jeter (Yankees); third baseman Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays); outfielders Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers), Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners) and Carl Crawford (Rays), and designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers).
The other NL starters are: second baseman Chase Utley, (Philadelphia Phillies); shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Florida Marlins); third baseman David Wright (New York Mets), and outfielders Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers), Andre Ethier (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves).
Utley won’t be able to make a fifth appearance in the All-Star Game after undergoing thumb surgery July 1. He’ll be replaced by Martin Prado, second baseman for the Atlanta Braves. Manuel will select the team’s designated hitter.
Final Roster Spot
The last player on each team will be determined via an online vote by fans at MLB.com, with the winners revealed after balloting ends on July 8.
Each league has five contenders for the remaining place on their rosters. In the AL, fans can choose from Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox), Nick Swisher (Yankees), Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox), Delmon Young (Twins) and Michael Young (Rangers).
Strasburg wasn’t among the five possible NL players selected by Manuel for the voting. The NL finalists are Heath Bell (San Diego Padres), Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies), Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds), Billy Wagner (Braves) and Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals).
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