Dominicans dominate Latino presence in 2021 All-Star Game

Seven Latin American players were elected to the starting lineups of the American and National leagues for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game (MLB), to be held on Tuesday, July 13, at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.

The Dominican Republic is the Latin American country with the most players in the starting lineups with four.

The final results of the voting process, divided into two phases (exclusively online), were announced Thursday in a special program on ESPN.

Dominicans Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernández of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox were selected to play first and third bases in the outfield, respectively, in the Young Circuit lineup.

Four of the group will be debuting in a mid-season classic; Tatis Jr., Guerrero Jr., Hernández and Devers.

Venezuelan catcher Salvador Pérez of the Kansas City Royals and Aruban shortstop Xander Bogaerts of Boston will also start the Midseason Classic.

Pérez will be in the seventh All-Star Game of his career and will start for the sixth time.

The National League troop will have Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop and Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. in one of the outfields.

For Pérez it will be his sixth participation in the All-Star Game after being in the 2013 to 2018 editions. For Bogaerts (2016 and 2019) it is his third and for Acuña (2019) the second.

Other prominent players in the AL starting lineup are Mike Trout (injured) and Japanese and Major League sensation Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels as outfielder and designated hitter respectively, plus outfielder Aaron Judge of the Los Angeles Angels. New York Yankees, and Toronto’s second baseman Marcus Semien.

Completing the NL roster are San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado, and outfielders Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker of the Cincinnati Reds.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 All-Star Game was canceled and rescheduled at Dodger Stadium for 2022. The duel in 2021 was hosted by the city of Atlanta, but due to a controversial exclusionary law passed in the state of Georgia in Last April, the commissioner’s office decided to move the event to Denver.

AMERICAN LIGA LINEUP

C Salvador Pérez, Royals
1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
2B Marcus Semien, Blue Jays
3B Rafael Devers, Red Sox
SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Aaron Judge, Yankees
OF Teoscar Hernández, Blue Jays
BD Shohei Ohtani, Angels

NATIONAL LIGA LINEUP

C Buster Posey, Giants
1B Freedie Freeman, Braves
2B Adam Frazier, Pirates
3B Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
SS Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres
OF Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves
OF Nick Castellanos, Reds
OF Jesse Winker, Reds

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