SAN DIEGO – Padres first baseman Wil Myers has been named to the 2016 National League All-Star team, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
It will be the first time the 25-year-old will appear in the Mid-Summer Classic.
The league’s Player of the Month for June is in the middle of a career year with 19 home runs and 57 RBIs this season, both career highs for a full season. Those numbers rank Myers seventh in the National League in home runs and RBIs.
“It’s a huge honor,” Myers said in a tweet posted by the Padres. “I’m very excited to be a part of it and to represent San Diego.”
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Former University of San Diego baseball star Kris Bryant will start at third base in next week’s All-Star Game at Petco Park, one of four Chicago Cubs to start in the National League infield, Major League Baseball announced today.
Bryant will be joined by first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a former Padre, second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Addison Russell.
“Everyone’s very deserving — having very good years, and I think as a team the record kind of reflects it,” Bryant told ESPN. The Cubs lead the senior circuit’s Central Division.
Other National League starters include San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and outfielders Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedis of the New York Mets and Dexter Fowler of the Cubs. Fowler is recovering from an injury but is hoping to make it back in time for the game.
Stephen Strasburg, the Santee native who played his college ball at San Diego State, will represent the Washington Nationals. Strasburg has compiled a won-loss record of 11-0 as a starting pitcher, but was recently on the DL himself.
The NL roster also includes Fernando Rodney, the reliever who was traded by the Padres last week to the Miami Marlins.
The American League starting lineup is highlighted by designated hitter David Ortiz, who is retiring after 20 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. The leading AL vote-getter was Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
Other AL starters include:
— first base, Eric Hosmer, Royals;
— second base, Jose Altuve, Houston Astros;
— shortstop, Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox;
— third base, Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles;
— outfield, Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels;
— outfield, Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox; and
— outfield, Mookie Betts, Red Sox.
The AL pitching staff includes three pitchers with local connections — former Rancho Bernardo High School star Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers and two ex-Padres Orioles reliever Brad Brach and Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox.
The rosters were announced on ESPN, and guests appearing on the show wore brown and yellow uniforms reminiscent of the old Padres duds.
Numerous events surrounding the All-Star Game are scheduled in San Diego, including the All-Star FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center beginning Friday, the Futures Game featuring top minor league prospects at Petco Park on Sunday, a softball contest featuring former players and celebrities following the Futures Game, and the workout and home run derby at the ballpark on Monday.
The 2016 All-Star Game will air on FOX 5 on Tuesday, July 12, with live coverage starting at 12 p.m.