The starting lineups — position players — for the July 15 All-Star Game in Minneapolis will be announced tonight.
Here’s a preview of what they are expected to look like. The “people’s choice” is the leader in the latest voting results at their respective position:
The candidates: Jose Abreu (White Sox), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Brandon Moss (A’s)
The people’s choice: Cabrera
My choice: Abreu
The breakdown: Miggy is the man, but the rookie phenom from the South Side should be the starter.
The candidates: Ian Kinsler (Tigers), Jose Altuve (Astros), Robinson Cano (Mariners)
The people’s choice: Cano
My choice: Altuve
The breakdown: Small in size, Altuve has produced big numbers, leading the league in batting average and stolen bases through Friday.
The candidates: Erick Aybar (Angels), Alexei Ramirez (White Sox), Derek Jeter (Yankees)
The people’s choice: Jeter
My choice: Jeter
The breakdown: Though his numbers aren’t as good as the competition, Jeter is retiring and this is an honor one of the most professional and classy players deserves in his final season.
The candidates: Adrian Beltre (Rangers), Josh Donaldson (A’s), Kyle Seager (Mariners).
The people’s choice: Donaldson
My choice: Beltre
The breakdown: Indians fans are probably wondering where Lonnie Chisenhall’s name is, but he doesn’t have enough at-bats to qualify, and Beltre is the best choice anyway.
The candidates: Kurt Suzuki (Twins), Derrick Norris (A’s), Salvador Perez (Royals)
The people’s choice: Matt Wieters (Orioles)
My choice: Norris
The breakdown: Wieters is the likely starter, but any one of the three candidates is a far better choice — though Norris has the best numbers.
The candidates: Nelson Cruz (Orioles), Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays), Victor Martinez (Tigers)
The people’s choice: Cruz
My choice: Encarnacion
The breakdown: You can’t go wrong with any of the candidates, all of them producing All-Star first halves to the season.
The candidates: Mike Trout (Angels), Michael Brantley (Indians), Adam Jones (Orioles), Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Yoenis Cespedes (A’s), Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays)
The people’s choice: Bautista, Trout, Cespedes
My choice: Trout, Brantley, Jones
The breakdown: Brantley is expected to be Cleveland’s lone All-Star representative, but he didn’t get enough votes to crack the starting lineup.
The candidates: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks), Justin Morneau (Rockies), Freddie Freeman (Braves)
The people’s choice: Goldschmidt
My choice: Morneau
The breakdown: Either choice works here. Both players have similar numbers.
The candidates: Dee Gordon (Dodgers), Chase Utley (Phillies), Neil Walker (Pirates)
The people’s choice: Utley
My choice: Gordon
The breakdown: None of the candidates has eye-popping numbers, but Gordon leads the league in stolen bases.
The candidates: Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies), Starlin Castro (Cubs), Hanley Ramirez (Dodgers)
The people’s choice: Tulowitzki
My choice: Tulowitzki
The breakdown: Tulo is the clear-cut choice here, though Castro has been very good under the radar.
The candidates: Casey McGehee (Marlins), Todd Frazier (Reds), Anthony Rendon (Nationals)
The people’s choice: Aramis Ramirez (Brewers)
My choice: Frazier
The breakdown: Not sure how Ramirez is atop the voting list, but Frazier has far better numbers.
The candidates: Yadier Molina (Cardinals), Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers), Evan Gattis (Braves)
The people’s choice: Molina
My choice: Lucroy
The breakdown: Milwaukee’s catcher has come out of nowhere to produce a fantastic first half.
The candidates: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Yasiel Puig (Dodgers), Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins), Carlos Gomez (Brewers), Ryan Braun (Brewers), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)
The people’s choice: McCutchen, Gomez, Puig
My choice: McCutchen, Puig, Stanton
The breakdown: Stanton is among the NL leaders in home runs and RBIs and deserves a spot in the starting lineup.