Talkin’ All-Stars Live – NL vs. AL – 07/15/14

85th  MLB All-Star Game – National League vs. American League

  • Game Time – 7:00pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: FOX – Radio: ESPN Radio, XM Radio Channel 89
  • Location: Target Field, Minneapolis

Adam Wainwright (12-4, 1.83/0.91/2.52) vs. Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.12/0.90/2.04)

2014AllStarLogoIt’s that time of the baseball season. It’s the Midsummer Classic, the Senior Circuit versus the Junior Circuit in the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15pm CDT and all eyes will be on Derek Jeter as he participates in his last All-Star Game. The AL topped the NL last year and snapped the National League’s four-game winning streak. The Cardinals’ Mike Matheny is calling the shots for the NL while the Red Sox’s John Farrell is the AL skipper.

For only the second time since 2008, the Cubs will have more than one representative in the All-Star Game. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo will be in a Cubs uniform during player introductions and Jeff Samardzija will be introduced with the National League reserves and pitchers.

The National League starting lineup is one player shy of being an entirely different starting-nine from a year ago. Troy Tulowitzki is the only holdover from last season at Citi Field. The AL squad has new additions in Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, Salvador Perez and ‘The Captain,’ Derek Jeter.

With Adam Wainwright and Felix Hernandez starting the game, scoring figures to be at a premium until Mike Matheny and John Farrell get into their bullpens … then it will become very challenging to put runs on the board. Farrell will be able to call on starters such as David Price, Chris Sale and Jon Lester. And Mike Matheny will have Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Tim Hudson available with Aroldis Chapman in the backend of the NL bullpen.

Complete National League and American League Rosters from MLB.com

Starting Lineups

National League

  1. Andrew McCutchen – CF
  2. Yasiel Puig – RF
  3. Troy Tulowitzki – SS
  4. Paul Goldschmidt – 1B
  5. Giancarlo Stanton – DH
  6. Aramis Ramirez – 3B
  7. Chase Utley – 2B
  8. Jonathan Lucroy – C
  9. Carlos Gomez – LF
  • Adam Wainwright

American League

  1. Derek Jeter – SS
  2. Mike Trout – LF
  3. Robinson Cano – 2B
  4. Miguel Cabrera – 1B
  5. Jose Bautista – RF
  6. Nelson Cruz – DH
  7. Adam Jones – CF
  8. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  9. Salvador Perez – C
  • Felix Hernandez

Let’s Talk All-Star Baseball … and remember, This One Still Counts

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a stop by Jeter … and he almost got McCutchen

    • Tony_H

      I had to do a double take to make sure that it really was Jeter.

  • Tony_H

    Derek Jeter with a great play to almost rob McCutchen of a hit.

  • paulcatanese

    Just one question. What is the total dollar amount in salary to the 18 players starting the game tonight? Has to be ridiculous at the least. Oh and don’t forget the red carpet leading into the stadium, just sick, not going to watch.
    This is no longer a game. And team Theo has made me realize just that, it’s all about money, nothing else. Sorry people, I am turned off with the game.

    • Tony_H

      The game doesn’t stink, Mr. Catanese. It’s a great game!

      • BigJonLilJon

        Thank you Kevin Castner!

        • Tony_H

          I think you mean Billy Chapel!

          • BigJonLilJon

            Yes. Kevin played Billy. Lol

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Kevin himself is a baseball nut as far as I know…

      • paulcatanese

        You are right, Baseball is a great game, just not the way it’s being presented. What it needs is more red carpets. You are entitled to you’re opinion, as am I.

        • Tony_H

          Yes you are and I am pretty sure most of us know that you really don’t like today’s baseball, yet seem to follow it on a daily basis.

          I don’t like soccer, yet I don’t spend time telling people how bad the game is….I just don’t watch a sport I don’t like.

          • paulcatanese

            Wow, that’s a good one. Are you somehow saying I shouldn’t follow the blog? Or just not posting an opinion that varies from what you say? I believe I could post “good morning” and you would find a way to combat it.
            BTW, I follow and read the blog every day, several times, just because I don’t agree with the way it is, doesn’t mean I have to explain each and every point.

          • Tony_H

            You can do whatever you want to do. I just don’t have to understand your viewpoint. You obviously totally dislike MLB. So I don’t get why you follow it.

            Baseball can be followed by MLB, College, Minor league, independent ball, etc.

            You can post an opinion that varies from mine, but you don’t seem to like when I post a reply to your comments that disagree with you.

            Good morning, not sure what I can say to that except Good morning, have a nice day.

            Also, I know you follow multiple times daily. Almost no negative comment appears without you showing your support for it with a up arrow.

            Have a good day!

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I could do without the red carpets anywhere they are presented outside of Buckingham Palace. Too much ego in this world and not enough humility. If you can’t get out of your car unless a red carpet is there that’s sad. But I guess a lot of it is the marketing whiz kids wanting to make sure that the casual fan realizes these guys are a big deal. Lots of clutter out there and options. And of late some suggest golf and Nascar are taking the place of baseball in the American psyche. Personally that talk makes me want to vomit. But kids don’t see as focused as they used to. I never see a neighborhood game organized by children anymore. Sad but true…

          • Tony_H

            Baseball as all sports is not connecting well enough with the younger generations. They need to do more to grab the kids attention and make them life long fans. If a a little entertainment needs to be added like a red carpet (does anyone think the players care or were begging for this to be added) to make it more entertaining for different generations to pay more attention, so be it.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I think Theo and his guys love baseball as much as anyone. They are fans first and administrators second. But it’s a business. Nothing you don’t see in any major professional sport around the world. From baseball to NFL to MLS to European Soccer. And every GM has to do what they can to compete.

      Did guys in the older generations not make business decisions and have to deal with frugal owners and advertisers and other aspects? Shoot, in 1918 a 2/3 of a team threw a World Series for money! And Bill Veeck tore up disco records to help with attendance.

      I get what you’re saying Paul and maybe you really didn’t realize that it had moved from being the sandlot game of our youth until the past 3 years. But to blame it all on Theo and our front office is a bit short it seems. Free agency started in the 70’s and billboards and whatnot have been seen in ballparks since the game could only be heard on radio. But again, IMO it’s unfair to blame Theo for this. I’ve read enough about him and seen interviews and whatnot to know he adores baseball and if he wasn’t an administrator he’d probably be sitting down the 1st base line keeping score.

      • Tony_H

        The game has ALWAYS been about money! Before FA players were given take it or leave it contracts. They had no leverage in the deal except to just quit playing.

    • triple

      I just want to point out that “team Theo” is a group of guys who are actually trying to buck the money spending trends that make you dislike this game and field a team of honest, high character ball players that is actually budget conscious, yet competitive. It’s possible that in two years (2016) this may be the breakdown of our position player’s salaries:

      C: $3-4.5M Castillo (hopefully we have a better option from within that is cheaper though).
      1B: $5M Rizzo
      2B: $500k (Russell, Alcantara, or Baez)
      SS: $7M Castro
      3B: $500k (Bryant or Baez)
      OFx3: $12-15M (free agent signing), $500K (Alcantara, Baez, or Bryant), $500K (Schwarber, Soler, or Almora)

      If the Cubs can get lucky with one starter in their organization who can fill in one of the top 2 spots of their starting rotation, they will have plenty of money to spend on the other TOR guy and a #3. The back end can be filled in with the best options from within. This also gives the team flexibility to upgrade whatever position necessary, and at whatever cost, and a trade deadline, or in the following offseason to make the team even better.

      Otherwise, you want this team to just throw out incessant amounts of money that just make you despise the game more?

      • Larry Schwimmer

        Triple: You’ve made a very accurate comment about THEO and his philosophy. We are very lucky that THEO learned what a waste of money expensive, long-term contracts are — during his tenure in Boston. He’s no going to make that mistake again.

        He’s building the CUBS the smart way. It’s much like the Billy Beane way. When you consider what Beane does every year with 1/3 of the payroll of big market teams — you realize that is the smart way to grow a ball club and sustain it. But, unlike OAKLAND, we’re lucky in Chicago — because the CUBS can spend much more money, while staying with a “grow you own” model that includes drafting and trading for prospects.

        There is a 90% chance that expensive long-term contracts will never, ever perform up to expectations. Just look at all of them that have not paid off.

        Only occasionally do you sign a player to that kind of contract.

        I’ve been a CUB fan for 60+ years, and this is the first time I’m confident that we’ll soon see a team in contention every year. The playoffs are a real possibility in 2015 or 2016. The difference is that the CUBS will have the resources to sustain a competitive team each year. I say: “Yeaaaaaah…It’s about time!”

      • Tony_H

        It is so ironic that the Cubs are doing exactly what people who dislike these high contracts “should” love to see. Telling the high priced FA’s they don’t want them. If you think about it, the FO knows pitching takes the longest to develop. So they go out and have built good rotations by adding from the discount rack in FA. They splurged on one BOR guy and got burned. But the lineup is being built around elite prospects that will be cost controlled for 6-7 years. During these next years they can afford to spend on the rotation and over spend if needed as they won’t have much tied up in the lineup as you point out. But as these guys develop, it is going to be expensive to keep the ones they want to keep. That is where the arms in the system will come into play and we should have the arms in the system to start replacing the FA arms we have added.

        The other part people complain about is that players are brought in for short term and not kept for the rest of their career. This isn’t a Cubs thing, it is all sports. Take a look at any of the rosters of teams in the playoffs from 2-3 years ago and you will see lots of turnover. Do their fans not like their teams because of it? No, they have enjoyed the playoff runs and the handful of core players that are still there.

        • triple

          You are right Tony. In the NFL, half a team is replaced almost every year, and it is the most popular sport in this country.

    • triple

      BTW- In no way am I trying to say you are wrong for your opinion. I see the same stuff and dislike it all as well… but I also see Theo as a very outside of the box thinker; and he is very intelligent and seems to be up to the task of turning an entire organization around for the better and prove himself even more. I see him as driven to be elected into the Hall of Fame some day and recognized for the way he didn’t let the way the game has changed be able to effect his own amount of success.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      And I don’t mean to insult or argue with you Mr. Catanese. I respect the heck out of you and your lifelong love affair with the game. If anything it kind of saddens me that you dislike so much about it. Some of it is change in general. I’m only 36 but I pine for the 90’s and frequently catch myself talking about how things used to be and how it was better! But change is inevitable. My email signature quote at work says “embrace change or embrace irrelevance.” Somewhat hard to do, but very true.

      Hope you can focus on what you do like. Watching Mike Trout is pretty pure. I think Rizzo is too. He seems to be a throwback type player. Many of these guys do respect the game and the history. Just got to focus on what you like and tune out the rest.

      • paulcatanese

        I know there is a change in the game. But I think that a lot of posters think I don’t like the game of Baseball. That is not true,
        I dislike the business end of it.
        I do watch, but for different reasons. I watch someone hit the ball, a fielder making a graceful play for the out, a hard hit ball,
        speed on the bases, etc. The raw game is what I like.
        What I don’t like are the rules of business ( not bringing someone up because of his clock), the millions paid out to players. Theo embraces all of what you say, keeping costs down etc. But he also brings players in to flip, in effect keeping the team in flux, those are the things I cannot stand, it’s taking just too long to put a winner on the field, not only that, there are not even any cookies along the way.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I hear you on that. But I do think the way we are setting our franchise up were going to have an extended period of players coming uo and sticking around that have been a Cub since the minirs. I’m excited about that. And the player flipping has certainly helped realize that end in much less time than it would have otherwise. I do want some FA’s when were readyto compete but I don’t like teams made up of all those types. Some of those Yankee teams and others are just full of mercenaries. Being a Cub fan is a devotion to individuals and their personalities. Santo, Banks, Hawk, Fergie. We like our guys to stik around and get to know. But in this day and age the way you get guys for a long period is internally.

          I’ve enjoyed the flipping because it’s made trades exciting and we’ve gotten a look at some players. And yeah it does suck to.lose them but for the most part they’re guys soon headed down or having career years anyway. I’d definitely prefer 3 months of watching Jason Hammel pitch then Carlos Villanueva!

          What I do like and an appreciative of with Theo is that were going to have a factory of homegrown talent for years. Wave of guys that we i rat heard of when they were drafted or signed at age 16 that we get to follow all the way up to Chicago. I can’t wait for that and it’s pretty much upon us. I remember when Kerry Wood was drafted and e came to Wrigley and was in the booth with Harry during a game. He was a pimply faces kid and we were excited to watch him grow. This new strategy is going to give us now of that than ever before. The “getting there,”. Has been modern analytics and manipulation of the system. But the end result will be a throwback to a time when Big Red Machine or Pirates had lots if their own guys. I’m grateful to Theo for that. And I think he’s maxed it happen quicker than anyone could have imagined without selling our soul for overpriced mercenaries with no loyalty to the Cubs.

        • Tony_H

          Name the players that were brought in to be flipped. It is a very small list. The roster fillers that you think were here just to be flipped were here to fill the roster as all teams do, even the playoff teams. If any team falls out of playoff contention, they usually trade those guys if any team is willing to give them a return that is worthwile or will help them the next season.

          This year players that you can say were brought in to be flipped (and get the vet presence for the 1st half) would be: Jason Hammel and maybe Emilio Bonifacio who was a waiver wire ST addition. The other players are just roster fillers.

  • Tony_H

    A well deserved moment for Jeter.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      That was cool … and he singles to right.

      *Doubles

      • Tony_H

        Doubles on my TV :)

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Correct … my bad.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Baseball is a great game!

    • triple

      I don’t know if you noticed, but you could hear a very loud fan taunting him and chanting “OVER-RATED!” right as Jeter squared up that pitch…. very fitting for Jeter’s career that he shut that guy up real quick (whether he actually heard him or not). I got a good chuckle out of that.

  • Tony_H

    Best player in the game….Mike Trout drives in Jeter with a triple.

  • Tony_H

    MIggy launches a 2 Run HR! Wainwright getting shelled in the 1st.

    • Denver Mike

      I’m rooting for the NL, but glad Wainwright got knocked around. He wouldn’t even be starting over Kershaw if it wasn’t for Matheny being a homer. I know things like that happen in the All Star game all the time, but it bothers me just a bit more because he’s a Cardinal :)

      • Tony_H

        I’m rooting for the NL as well, but starting lineups are not even close.

        • Denver Mike

          I couldn’t believe the turnover in the NL lineup when Neil reported it.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I can’t ever root for any Cardinals. Always hoping they embarrass themselves. As long as they don’t get hurt…bad.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Miggy with a two-run shot … Wainwright is getting hit hard

    • Tony_H

      At least the lineup gets easier. Bautista, Cruz, Jones….what a lineup.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Here’s one for ya … Cabrera becomes the first Tigers player to homer in the ASG since Lou Whitaker in 1986 vs. Doc Gooden, courtesy of @freeptigers

        • Tony_H

          Sweet Lou! I loved watching Doc pitch (early years), hated it was for the Mets, but he was on my Strato Matic team.

  • Tom U

    No official posting on the Kyle Schwarber promotion. However, INF Giuseppe Papaccio has been promoted to Kane County from Boise.

    • Denver Mike

      …and Kyle Schwarber posted he was having flight problems. I’m pretty sure they still take the bus in A-ball, don’t they? :)

      • Tom U

        Yes, Duane Underwood was just reporting on Twitter how bad the trip to Lansing was. Pretty sure Schwarber was talking about the flight to Daytona (the D-Cubs are at home tomorrow).

        Just commenting on the speculation of Zagunis being promoted to Kane County. Doesn’t look as if the that is in the cards for now.

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Being only 25 Derek Jeter is baseball to me. Will miss seeing him play.

  • Tony_H

    Too many Brewers about to bat.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Now Lester is getting hit hard

  • Tony_H

    Jeter with a single. 2-2 tonight.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jeter with a single to right …

  • Tony_H

    Another classy moment to honor Jeter!

  • Tony_H

    Dee Gordon just flys around the bases and scores easily from 1st on a double.

  • Tom U

    Jeffrey Baez and Rashad Crawford extend their hitting streaks to 18 and 13 games respectively for the Boise Hawks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rough night for Cardinals pitchers

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Freeman is replacing Goldschmidt at 1B in the bottom of the 6th

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro is replacing Tulo at short in the 6th

  • cubtex

    Just got in and turned on the game to see Josh Harrison batting. Didn’t realize he was an all star but…. that makes 3 players drafted by the Cubs who are in this game. Castro, Josh Donaldson and Josh Harrison. What can we learn? Don’t trade any prospects named Josh :)

    • GaryLeeT

      And Jim Hendry couldn’t recognize talent if it bit him in the posterior.

      • Tony_H

        Seemed to not know which ones to keep and not trade is what it looks like. Then again, prospects were just currency to get near FA players for a season or two.

        • BillyFinT

          As a proud fantasy owner of Josh Harrison on all my 3 teams…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro struck out swinging in what was likely his only at bat

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo hit for Stanton and struck out swinging

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Well, at least Chapman is throwing strikes.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    At least Wainwright cleared up his comments about the pitches to Jeter

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The American League topped the National League 5-3 in the All-Star Game … Starlin Castro (0-1) and Anthony Rizzo (0-1)

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