Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani was selected to the American League All-Star team as a pitcher and batsman for the second season in a row, while brothers William Contreras and Willson Contreras both start for the National League.
Ohtani, 28, was voted in as the designated hitter for the AL team, and then selected by MLB as a pitcher. He will showcase his talents not far from his Angels home when the All-Star Game takes place at Dodger Stadium on July 19.
With him in Los Angeles will be Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw who became his ninth All-Star team and first since 2019. Kershaw was an MLB selection while William Contreras was voted a designated hit by his peers.
Phillies slugger Bryce Harper won the vote from the fans to start the match on designated hits for NL, but is injured, so William joins Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras in the starting lineup. This is the first time two brothers have started in an All-Star game since Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992.
“We were just two kids dreaming of getting to the big leagues and now to the All-Star Game,” said Willson. “It’s a dream. There are many brothers who want to do the same. Being able to play with my brother against each other, and then with each other, will be the best time of our lives.”
The Contreras brothers met twice already this year when the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs played during the regular season, but this is the first time they wear a uniform for the same team in the major leagues. Harper will be replaced on the roster over the next few days.
The New York Yankees lead with six All-Star picks, while the Houston Astros have five, including 39-year-old right-winger Justin Verlander who missed the entire previous season after undergoing a Tommy John operation.
Like Kershaw, this is Verlanders’ ninth time making an All-Star team.
Other notable veterans on the team include Cardinal third baseman Nolan Arenado, who joins teammate Paul Goldschmidt as a seven-time pick. Yankees starter Gerrit Cole created his fifth All-Star team while Brewers closer Josh Hader is on his fourth.
In total, the American League has 18 first-time all-stars including nine pitchers and both catchers. The NL team has 12 first-time players and a total of 23 first- or second-time picks.
Along with Ohtani, Verlander and Cole on the AL pitching staff are right-wingers Paul Blackburn, Emmanuel Clase, Clay Holmes, Jorge Lopez and Alek Manoah. Left-wing Nestor Cortes, Shane McClanahan, Martin Perez, Gregory Soto and Framber Valdez were also on the team.
AL reserves include catcher Jose Trevino along with infielder Luis Arraez, Xander Bogaerts, Andres Gimenez and Jose Ramirez.
AL All-Star outfielders include Andrew Benintendi, Byron Buxton, Julio Rodriguez, George Springer, Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez.
The NL pitchers joining Kershaw and Hader include right-wingers Sandy Alcantara, David Bednar, Corbin Burnes, Luis Castillo, Edwin Diaz, Tony Gonsolin, Ryan Helsley and Joe Musgrove.
Left-handed pitchers Max Fried and Joe Mantiply were also on the team.
NL reserve players include Pete Alonso, CJ Cron, Jeff McNeil and Dansby Swanson. Ian Happ, Starling Marte, Kyle Schwarber and Juan Soto are the NL outfield reserves.
Veterans Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols will join all of these players, plus the starters announced Friday, in Los Angeles for the match. Cabrera and Pujols were commissioner elections.