The MLB All-Star rosters are officially set and, as expected, a few teams stood out on Sunday. The Replay Official who will be based in the Replay Operations Center at MLB Advanced Media during the 2018 All-Star Game will be Marvin Hudson, a 20-year Major League Umpire.
The American League starting infield includes Tampa Bay Rays' catcher Wilson Ramos, Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, and Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez. This will mark the second career All-Star assignment for Reynolds (2004), Marquez (2006) and Fletcher (2005), and the first for Muchlinski and Blaser. As the current collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and MLBPA states, the victor of the game will not earn home field advantage in the World Series as it did in the past.
He's been an above-average hitter for more than a decade and will finally have an All-Star Game on his resume. The 19-year-old has had an impressive start this season with the Legends, Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, and now leads all levels of Minor League Baseball with 26 home runs and is the Royal's 3-best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The 2018 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game takes place Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. CT.
Players can choose not to participate in the All-Star game for various reasons, such as if they are injured or pitched in a regular season game in the days before.
The Futures Game airs live on MLB Netwrok. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.
The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and member of the South Atlantic League, play all home games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky.
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