Rosters for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game will be revealed Sunday night live on ESPN. Starters for the American League and National League were determined by fan voting but the process for selecting the reserves was changed slightly in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that went into effect in 2018.
Fans will select nine starters for the American League and eight for the National League. The difference is of course the DH. Both rosters will feature 32 players, down from 34 last year, of which 12 will be pitchers. As in the past, every MLB team will be represented.
The final roster spot for each team will be decided by fan voting with the ballot consisting of four nominees which will also be unveiled Sunday night.
The Atlanta Braves figure to be heavily represented in the game. The Braves had three players leading the voting at their respective positions during the last voting update on July 2. Freddie Freeman led all National League vote getters with over 2.9 million votes. Nick Markakis also appears safe to pencil in as a starter with 2.4 million votes in the outfield. Ozzie Albies was locked in a tight battle with the Cubs’ Javier Baez as of the last update. Even if Albies is unable to hold off Baez his season is worthy of being selected as a reserve.
On the pitching side, Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb have both put up All-Star worthy seasons. It remains to be seen if both will be able to garner a spot.
MLB All-Star Selection Show
Date: Sunday, July 8
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET