Our 2016 American League and National League All-Star rosters predictions

Tuesday occasions the unveiling of the almost-complete American League and National League All-Star rosters for 2016. In advance of this Baseball News Event, we're here to indulge in the fool's errand of predicting which players will be on said rosters. Will our quasi-informed guesses be correct? Of course not, people!

A reminder that our colleague, Jonah Keri, also picked his own rosters for the AL and NL a while back.

By way of reminder, here's how the tragi-comically swollen 34-man rosters for each league are assembled ...

  • Fans vote for nine AL starting position players and eight NL starting position players (the NL manager names his DH).
  • The 13-man pitching staffs are chosen by a combination of manager choice and a player's ballot.
  • Likewise, bench players are also chosen by a combination of manager choice and a player's ballot.
  • A final vote by fans determines the last player added to each roster.
  • Each team must be represented by at least one All-Star.

Now with those preconditions laid out like a pleasing taco bar, let us commence our soothsaying. Oh, one last thing in the service of preempting Internet Confusion, bolded and italicized for the time-pressed consumer: These are predictions of the All-Star rosters, not the actual All-Star rosters. Also bear in mind that these are predictions, not declarations of who deserves to be on the rosters. Now work dat scroll bar ...

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Starters

C - Salvador Perez, Royals
1B - Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B - Jose Altuve, Astros
3B - Manny Machado, Orioles
SS - Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
OF - Mike Trout, Angels
OF - Jackie Bradley, Red Sox
OF - Mookie Betts, Red Sox
DH - David Ortiz, Red Sox

Reserves

Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
Robinson Cano, 2B, Mariners
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
Nelson Cruz, DH, Mariners
Ian Desmond, OF, Rangers
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
Brian Dozier, 2B, Twins
Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
Mark Trumbo, OF, Orioles
Stephen Vogt, C, Athletics
Matt Wieters, C, Orioles

Pitchers

Trevor Bauer, Indians
Dellin Betances, Yankees
Brad Brach, Orioles
Wade Davis, Royals*
Marco Estrada, Blue Jays
Cole Hamels, Rangers
Will Harris, Astros
Kelvin Herrera, Royals
Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox
Andrew Miller, Yankees
Danny Salazar, Indians
Chris Sale, White Sox
Steven Wright, Red Sox

*Placed on 15-day DL on Tuesday

National League

Starters

C - Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B - Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
2B - Ben Zobrist, Cubs
3B - Kris Bryant, Cubs
SS - Addison Russell, Cubs
OF - Dexter Fowler, Cubs*
OF - Bryce Harper, Nationals
OF - Yoenis Cespedes, Mets

Reserves

Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
Matt Carpenter, 2B/3B, Cardinals
Adam Duvall, OF, Reds
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks
Odubel Herrera, OF, Phillies
Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers
Starling Marte, OF, Pirates
Wil Myers, 1B, Padres
Daniel Murphy, 2B, Nationals
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins
Buster Posey, C, Giants
Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers

Pitchers

Jake Arrieta, Cubs
Madison Bumgarner, Giants
Johnny Cueto, Giants
Jeurys Familia, Mets
Jose Fernandez, Marlins
Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers*
Jon Lester, Cubs
Seung-hwan Oh, Cardinals
Drew Pomeranz, Padres
Fernando Rodney, Marlins
Noah Syndergaard, Mets
Julio Teheran, Braves

Remember: These are predictions, not actual selections or statements of advocacy! As you were!

(*Currently on disabled list, thus status for All-Star Game uncertain)

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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