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The preliminary rosters for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game were announced July 2, while the starting lineups for the Midsummer Classic in Miami were announced Monday.
Fan voting determined the starters for the game; the commissioner’s office filled out the rosters with input from the players.
There’s also room for one more player from each league. Those players will be chosen by fans from a group of candidates who were not selected as starters or reserves. The Final Vote lists were announced Sunday night:
There already were a stack of issues the union is ready to bring to the table that have gone on throughout the current labor deal: player discipline, concussions, the drug policy, Thursday night games.
But above and beyond those, these deals are about splitting the money. That’s what keeps bringing these sports to a screeching halt every several years; from 1998 to 2011, the NFL, NBA and NHL had a combined five lockouts. That’s the owners’ big stick, and clearly they haven’t been afraid to swing it.
The NFL players haven’t wielded their own big stick since the 1987 strike, the year of the scab games. The next time things got fractious enough for a season to be threatened, the owners flexed their muscles.
This time, both sides have ample reason to flex theirs. Houston’s offensive outburst came at the expense of Blue Jays ace Aaron Sanchez. The 25-year-old right-hander was making his first start since mid-May due to blister issues. The Astros lit him up for eight runs (five earned) in 1 1/2 innings. Sanchez walked four and gave up two home runs in his uninspiring return.
Laquon Treadwell Jersey The Astros (59-28) are still narrowly hanging on to the best record in baseball over the Dodgers, and their electric offense is a big reason why they’ve had so much success.