The full roster of this year’s All-Stars has been revealed, with two more Dodgers making the cut.
Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin were named National League pitchers on Sunday for the 2022 All-Star Game, which will be played July 19 at Dodger Stadium.
The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, already selected as the American League’s designated hitter, was also selected as the pitcher — for the second straight season, he was selected to both.
He is the only player in history to come in as a positional player and pitcher. He is the 10th pitcher in Angels history to be selected for multiple All-Star Games and the second in team history to be so in consecutive years. He was named the AL starting pitcher in 2021 and also hit leadoff.
“It’s a great honor and I want to do my best for all the people who voted for me,” Ohtani said through the Angels’ publications department on Sunday.
Ohtani and Kershaw were MLB selections while Gonsolin was a player selection.
This makes No. 9 All-Star nod for Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, and first for Gonsolin, who is 11-0 with a 1.62 ERA.
The debate of late has been about which Dodger should be the starter for the game, which will be played at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1980.
“It’s Dodger Stadium, I’ve been here a long time, I understand all of this,” Kershaw said last week, “but I don’t want to take a spot away from anyone who deserves more than me … especially when that guy’s on my team.”
Starting pitchers will be announced by each team’s manager the day before the game. For the NL, that would be Brian Snitker from the Atlanta Braves.
Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías was not included in the all-star pitcher list despite being in the middle of another strong season.
Asked if Urías deserves to be an All-Star — before Sunday’s final list was announced and before his start against the Chicago Cubs — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “I really do. I just think managers have a fondness for their own players… he was overlooked last year and he followed up with an even better year this year.”
Urias gave up five runs in two innings on Sunday.
The pitchers and reserves are chosen by player voting and then selected by the Commissioner’s Office.
Angels right fielder Taylor Ward was also among the players to vote for an All-Star selection, but was not selected for a reserve role. It is possible that he and/or Urías will be invited as substitutes for players who skip the game due to injury or availability.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2022-07-10/mlb-all-star-reserves-dodgers-clayton-kershaw-tony-gonsolin Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin selected to All-Star team