Five Astros Named to American League All-Star Team
Altuve, Correa, Springer elected as starters while Keuchel and McCullers Jr. get in via player vote
Style Magazine Newswire | 7/3/2017, 8:49 a.m.
HOUSTON, TX – Major League Baseball announced tonight that second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, outfielder George Springer, left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel and right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. have been named to the 2017 American League All-Star Team. Altuve, Correa and Springer were elected to start the game via the fan vote at second base, shortstop and in the outfield, respectively. Keuchel and McCullers Jr. were named to the game via a combination of the Player Ballot and Major League Baseball’s Office of the Commissioner.
This marks the first time in club history that the Astros have three starters elected via the fan vote for a single All-Star Game. The Astros did have three starters in the 2004 All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park, but just one (2B Jeff Kent) was elected via the fan vote. CF Lance Berkman replaced an injured Ken Griffey Jr. and RHP Roger Clemens was the starting pitcher.
This also marks the second time in club history that the Astros have five All-Stars in a single season. In 1994, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Ken Caminiti, Doug Drabek and John Hudek were all National League All-Stars.
This marks Altuve’s third consecutive fan-elected start at second base, and his fifth-career All-Star selection overall, as he was a National League All-Star in 2012 and an American League All-Star from 2014-16. It’s the second-career All-Star nod for Keuchel, who was the AL’s starting pitcher for the 2015 All-Star Game. For Correa, Springer and McCullers Jr., this marks their first-career All-Star nominations.
Altuve is set to become just the second player in club history to start three consecutive All-Star games, joining Craig Biggio, who started four consecutive games at second base from 1995-98. Altuve’s five All-Star nods are the tied for the second-most in club history with Lance Berkman, behind only Craig Biggio (7). He will become the 11th second baseman in AL history to start three All-Star Games, joining Roberto Alomar (9), Rod Carew (8), Nellie Fox (8), Charlie Gehringer (6), Joe Gordon (5), Bobby Doerr (5), Robinson Canó (5), Willie Randolph (4), Alfonso Soriano (3) and Lou Whitaker (3).
Correa is the first Astros shortstop to be named a starter for the All-Star Game, and the first Astros shortstop to be named an All-Star overall since SS Miguel Tejada was named an NL All-Star in 2008. Springer will become the first Astros outfielder to start in an All-Star Game since OF Lance Berkman started in center field in the 2004 All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park.
Altuve led all American League second basemen with 3,880,372 votes to beat out New York’s Starlin Castro (1,996,103). Among all AL players, he had the second-highest vote total behind only Aaron Judge of the Yankees (4,488,702). Correa led all AL shortstops with 2,947,674 votes, directly ahead of Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor (2,103,857). Springer received the third-most votes among AL outfielders (2,207,329), behind Judge (4,488,702) and Angels outfielder Mike Trout (3,208,925). Springer received 470,544 more votes than the fourth-place outfielder, Cleveland’s Michael Brantley (1,736,785).