SAN DIEGO – El Niño has punched a ticket to his first MLB All-Star Game.
On Thursday, Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. was named as the National League starter at shortstop in this month’s Midsummer Classic scheduled for July 13 at Coors Field in Denver. With the announcement, Tatis becomes the first Padre to get voted into the starting lineup since legendary outfielder Tony Gwynn in 1999. Gwynn did not play in the game due to injury, but he also was voted to start during the 1998 season.
Tatis’ teammate Wil Myers was the last Padre to start an All-Star Game, which he did in 2016 at Petco Park after being penciled into the lineup as a designated hitter.
“It’s a dream-come-true,” Tatis said in a Thursday news conference. “Something that you dream about. Something that you always see the best doing it. Now, seeing myself accomplishing this, I feel like it’s a huge step in my career and for the organization too.”
As of Thursday, Tatis, 22, leads all of baseball with a 1.092 OPS in 63 games for the Padres. He is batting .300 on the season with 26 home runs, 56 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.
In the offseason, Tatis signed a record 14-year, $340 million deal to keep him in San Diego until he’s 35 years old. It is the longest contract in baseball history, topping 13-year deals signed by Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees in 2015 and Bryce Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019.
Other starters in the game include:
Catcher: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
First base: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Second base: Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates
Third base: Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
Outfielders: Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds; Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds; and Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
Catcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
Second base: Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Third base: Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
Outfielders: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; Aaron Judge, New York Yankees; and Teoscar Hernández, Toronto Blue Jays
Designated hitter: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels