Four Los Angeles Dodgers players -- Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Zack Greinke -- were selected to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game on July 6. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was relegated to "Final Vote" status.
Four Los Angeles Dodgers players have been selected to play in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.
The four players selected on Monday were first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, catcher Yasmani Grandal, center fielder Joc Pederson and pitcher Zack Greinke, per The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was one of five players who made it to the "Final Vote" round. Should he be voted into the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, it will be the first time in 20 years the Dodgers will send five players to the event, per Shaikin.
Back then, the five Dodgers All-Star players were Hideo Nomo, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Jose Offerman and Todd Worrell, per The Los Angeles Times.
Shaikin says among ths year's Dodgers All-Stars, only Greinke has a shot at being named a starter. Greinke currently has a 7-2 win-loss record. His 1.48 ERA is the best in the majors.
Greinke was named an All-Star for the second straight season. Shaikin notes this is his third MLB All-Star Game stint.
Expected to compete for the National League starting pitcher spot in the All-Star Game are the Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer (9-6, 1.82 ERA), the Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole and the San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner, per The Los Angeles Times.
San Franciso Giants manager Bruce Bochy will select the National League starter. He chose the New York Mets' Matt Harvey to start over Kershaw in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field, per Shaikin.
Gonzalez, who is batting .291 with 15 home runs, is making his fifth MLB All-Star Game apperance and his first as a Dodger, per The Los Angeles Times.
Grandal, whom the Dodgers acquired in the Matt Kemp trade in the offseason, is batting .277 and leads all National League catchers with 12 homers, per Shaikin.
Pederson currently has a .234 batting average with 20 home runs, which ties him for fifth in the majors. He is also the first Dodgers rookie to play in the All-Star Game since Nomo last did it in 1995, per The Los Angeles Times.
As for Kershaw, he currently has a 5-6 win-loss record with a 3.08 ERA. Should he play in this year's All-Star Game, it will be his fifth straight time to do so, per Shaikin.
The Kansas City Royals will now send four of their players -- Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera -- to the All-Star Game. This is the most in the majors, per ESPN.
They could potentially have a seventh All-Star in third baseman Mike Moustakas, who made it to the "Final Vote" for the American League. Joining him are Xander Bogaerts, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozer and Brett Gardner, per ESPN.
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, who is among the top three in his position in the American League in batting average (.284), home runs (16), hits (77), on-base percentage (.390) and runs batted in (45), was left out of the AL roster, per ESPN.
Rodriguez issued a statment obtained by ESPN saying he is not disappointed at all:
"As I've said all season, my number one goal is helping the Yankees win a championship. I'm excited that we're in a good position to get there. Of course it would have been an honor to represent the American League next week, but I'll have fun cheering on the guys who were put on the team and watching them protect home field."
Bochy also added Chicago Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant to the NL roster on Monday. Bryant and Pederson are the only two All-Star rookies this year, per ESPN.
The 2015 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on July 14. It will be the first time the game will be played in that city since 1988, per ESPN.
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