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2013 MLB All Star Game: Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma selected


It's almost time for the All-Star game, and the votes are in. This year, both Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma have been chosen by players, managers, and coaches as two of the five starting pitchers elected to the American League All-Star team.

Felix Hernandez was a given, but considering Hisashi Iwakuma's recent struggles (5.54 ERA in his last four starts), there was some question as to whether he'd get in. While he leads the American League in ERA (2.60) among qualified pitchers, he's still a relative newcomer to the scene. Iwakuma finished fifth in the player voting to get the final spot among starters. Felix Hernandez finished second, trailing just Max Scherzer. Here's how the votes among players came down, courtesy of Michael Baron.

Max Scherzer 351
Felix Hernandez 253
Clay Buchholz 234
Yu Darvish 222
Hisashi Iwakuma 147

This is Felix's fourth all-star appearance in the last five years. Interestingly enough, the one year he wasn't an All-Star was the year he went on the win the Cy Young.

There had been some speculation that Raul Ibanez might be up for one of those final fan votes considering his age and current tear, but for some weird reason all five of the vote-in candidates are relief pitchers. One of them is Steve Delabar.

In the National League, Yasiel Puig joins the final five, so there's no doubt he'll get in, even though he's only played 31 games. Fans want him and they'll get him.

The rest of the rosters are as follows. Who got snubbed? Who's undeserving? How stupid is the voting process anyways? Debate and vent away.

American League


Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox


Jason Castro, C, Houston Astros
Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas Rangers
Edwin Encarnacion, DH, Toronto Blue Jays
Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals
Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit Tigers
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians
Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Dustin Pedroia, SS, Boston Red Sox
Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit Tigers
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City
Ben Zobrist UT, Tampa Bay Rays


Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers
Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners
Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston Red Sox
Bartolo Colon, SP, Oakland Athletics
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, Seattle Mariners
Brett Cecil, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Justin Masterson, SP, Cleveland Indians
Joe Nathan, RP, Texas Rangers
Glen Perkins, RP, Minnesota Twins
Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees
Chris Sale, RP, Chicago White Sox
Jesse Crain, RP, Chicago White Sox

National League


Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
David Wright, 3B, New York Mets
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals


Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Allen Craig, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
Marco Scutaro, 2B, San Francisco Giants
Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego Padres
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Cuddyer, OF, Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates


Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants
Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Patrick Corbin, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami Marlins
Jason Grilli, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Harvey, RHP, New York Mets
Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Craig Kimbrel, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Cliff Lee, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies
Jeff Locke, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
Travis Wood, LHP, Chicago Cubs
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals