By Keith Winters
The 2012 MLB All-Star game roster were announced Sunday and there are eight Dominican players among the All-Star invitees.
Interesting that six out of the eight Dominican players featured in the All-Star game were voted in by the fans of starters. Out of 18 position starters on the NL and AL squad, that means that 33% of the starters in the All-Star game come from the Dominican Republic. This is a huge number, considering that 11% of MLB players are Dominican.
But, alas the overall number of total Dominicans on the 2012 MLB All-Star rosters is right at the percentage of Dominicans players in Major League Baseball. Eight of a total of around 70 players in the All-Star game are Dominican, which comes to 11%.
Four out of the nine position starters on the AL team are Dominican players, along with one pitcher:
- Robinson Cano is starting for the third strait time and making his fourth appearance overall. He is from San Pedro de Macoris, Republica Dominicana.
- Adrian Beltre is starting for the second strait year and is playing in his third strait All-Star game. Beltre is from the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo.
- Jose Bautista set the all-time votes record last year, only to have that record broken by Josh Hamilton this year. He is from Santo Domingo too.
- David Ortiz is an All-Star for the eighth time, also from Santo Domingo.
- Fernando Rodney is from Samana, Dominican Republic and is playing in his first All-Star game.
There are two Dominican starters and one Dominican reserve player on the NL squad:
- Rafael Furcal made his third All-Star game in his thirteenth year in the bigs. Not surprising, considering he was named the Dominican Baseball Guy player of the week earlier this season. He is from Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic.
- Melky Cabrera is from Santo Domingo and is appearing in his first mid-summer classic.
- Starlin Castro will play in his second All-Star game in just his third big league season. He is from Monte Cristi, DR.