Toronto Blue Jays wide receiver Alejandro Kirk and first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. earned starting spots for the American League at the All-Star Game.
The starters, chosen by fan vote, were announced on Friday evening.
Six Blue Jays qualified for the second phase of fan voting (the top two in each position and the top five outfielders) – which ended earlier Friday. George Springer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., respectively, finished fourth and fifth among outfielders, Santiago Espinal finished second behind Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros in the second base run, while Bo Bichette finished second behind Tim Anderson of the White Sox from Chicago. at shortstop.
Only two outfielders from the second phase have earned berths while the top voter in the first phase – New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge – has already secured a berth.
Springer narrowly missed, getting 20% of the vote — two percentage points behind the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton.
Kirk got 74% of the vote against Jose Trevino of the Yankees, while Guerrero got 66% of the vote against Ty France of the Seattle Mariners.
Pitchers and reserves will be revealed on Sunday. They are determined by player voting choices and the commissioner’s office.
Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah and closer Jordan Romano are in contention for the spots.
Guerrero will make it to the All-Star Game for the second year in a row, while Kirk will make his classic debut in midsummer.
“Very moving, for me and all my family. We’re very, very close and we can’t believe it yet,” Kirk said ahead of Friday’s game in Seattle.
Kirk is batting .312/.399/.491 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs, while Guerrero is .268/.350/.490 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs.
The All-Star Game will take place on July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Toronto’s record for players in an All-Star Game is seven in 1993.
2022 All-Star Game Rookies
C: Alejandro Kirk (Toronto Blue Jays
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays)
2B: Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)
3B: Rafael Devers (Boston Red Sox)
SS: Tim Anderson (Chicago White Sox)
FROM: Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
Defender: Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels)
C: Willson Contreras (Chicago Cubs)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals)
2B: Jazz Chisholm Jr. (Miami Marlins)
3B: Manny Machado (San Diego Padres)
SS: Trea Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers)
FROM: Ronald Coin Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers), Joc Pederson (San Francisco Giants).
DH: Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies)