MLB All-Star Game starters announced; Phillies lead with 3 selections

For the first time in more than 40 years, the bulk of the National League’s starting All-Star infield is coming from the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Major League Baseball announced the All-Star Game starters Wednesday, and the Phillies lead all teams with three selections, all of them infielders.

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First baseman Bryce Harper, third baseman Alec Bohm and shortstop Trea Turner. 

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The last time the Phillies had three starting All-Star infielders was 1982 when Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose and Manny Trillo represented the NL.

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The Phillies aren’t alone in the familiarity. Each league’s lineup comes from only five teams: the Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres in the NL.

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Most of the near misses also came from those teams. Of the 18 total starters, only three will be without a teammate in the lineup.

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Two All-Star finalists at each position were announced last week, and fans have been voting in the two-way race for the starters since Sunday. 

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Harper and Aaron Judge of the Yankees were the leading vote-getters during phase one of voting and moved directly into the starting lineups. 

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The NL shortstop finalists were an unusual pair. Mookie Betts was vying for his eighth All-Star selection and first as a shortstop (after being a mainstay in right field). 

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