Lone Phillie Utley Named Starting 2B for NL All-Stars – Phillies Nation

Lone Phillie Utley Named Starting 2B for NL All-Stars

Chase Utley


After his exceptional start to the season, the fans have spoken for the sixth time in his career: Chase Utley will once again start the All-Star game at second base for the National League.

Utley finished roughly 800,000 votes ahead of Dodgers speedster, Dee Gordon, who made the team as a reserve. The Phillies second baseman, along with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, leads all NL players on the roster with six selections. He is the lone Phillies representative on the NL roster. The last time the Phillies had just one all-star, it was Randy Wolf in 2003.

AL Starters (fan vote)

Matt WietersOrioles
1B Miguel CabreraTigers
2B Robinson CanoMariners
SS Derek JeterYankees
3B Josh DonaldsonAthletics
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
OF Jose BautistaBlue Jays (leading vote-getter overall)
OF Mike TroutAngels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles

NL Starters (fan vote)

Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacks
2B Chase UtleyPhillies
SS Troy TulowitzkiRockies
3B Aramis RamirezBrewers
OF Andrew McCutchenPirates
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF Yasiel PuigDodgers

AL Pitchers

RHP Yu DarvishRangers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
LHP David PriceRays
LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
RHP Greg HollandRoyals
LHP Glen PerkinsTwins
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees

NL Pitchers

RHP Johnny CuetoReds
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
LHP Madison BumgarnerGiants
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Tyson RossPadres
RHP Jordan ZimmermannNationals
RHP Julio TeheranBraves*
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Tony Watson, Pirates
RHP Pat Neshek, Cardinals

* Teheran replaces Jeff Samardzija, who was voted into the game but is ineligible to play following his trade from the Cubs to the Athletics.

AL Reserves

Salvador Perez, Royals — will replace Wieters (Tommy John surgery) in the starting lineup
Derek Norris, Athletics
Kurt Suzuki, Twins
1B Jose AbreuWhite Sox
1B Victor Martinez, Tigers
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
1B/OF Brandon Moss, Athletics
2B Jose AltuveAstros
SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
OF Michael BrantleyIndians

NL Reserves

Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
Devin Mesoraco, Reds
1B Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B Dee Gordon, Dodgers
2B Daniel MurphyMets
SS Starlin Castro, Cubs
3B Todd Frazier, Reds
3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
IF/OF Josh Harrison, Pirates
OF Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
OF Hunter Pence, Giants
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins — will be in starting lineup at DH



  1. Ken Bland

    July 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Typical of the farce that the ASG has become, I mention David Price.

    Now Price is a really good, I mean REALLY good pitcher, so I’m not picking on him. In one regard, he’s like Cole Hamels. No matter what kind of year he’s having, you could put him in the AS Game, and he’d most likely pitch to the occasion, meaning to his ability. Maybe Kershaw’d be like that, too, if he ever slowed down to allow testing of that theory, even if it is imaginative.

    And Price might be necessary because of the each team requires representation requirement, but when Jeff Samardja (plus a z somewhere in there) is disqualified because of being traded leagues, and Price goes, with his not to high above average year, it, along with no doubt 20,000 other Uncle Selig attempts to minimize the showcase games effect, it’s a joke. Samardza (with a j in there somewhere) should be pitching for the AL.

  2. Hogey's Role

    July 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Congrats chase!!!

  3. lefty

    July 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    That’s not fair to Samardzija, he didn’t trade himself.

  4. Bruce

    July 7, 2014 at 12:13 am

    No complaint here with David Price’s inclusion on the All-Star roster. A smart pick with a hot pitcher considering he has been on a roll with 10 strikeouts or more in a total of six consecutive starts before falling short by one (9) in his last outing.

    Oh, and congratulations to Utley on being in the starting line-up for NL All-Stars. Also looking forward to getting a good look at White Sox’s rookie phenom, Jose Abreu.

  5. bacardipr05

    July 7, 2014 at 5:25 am

    I know he isnt liked too much around but Papelbon should of made it..

    • Hogey's Role

      July 7, 2014 at 7:01 am


    • Ken Bland

      July 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      There’s some truth in the contention about Papelbon missing out where he shouldn’t of, as Bacardi might have said. Can’t argue about the year he’s had.

      But I would have 2 problems with his making the team. One, who made it that doesn’t deserve it, and 2, if anybody should have made it that didn’t, or at least one example, Soriano might be ahead of him, if for no other reason, Soriano’s appearances have been more meaningful in contending scenarios.

      It’s a good staff, and relievers can get easily screwed. I would say Paps could have made it more than he got screwed. Closing for a loser is a wasted proposition.

  6. Don M

    July 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Would Samardzija rather play in the All-Star Game as a member of the Cubs, or be on the roster for a World Series contender – the Oakland A’s …. ?

    I believe that by being voted to play in the game – he will still get any bonuses in his contract for the honor. I’m pretty sure he’s okay with the way things went down for him in the past few days

    • Ken Bland

      July 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      When Mr. Lincoln sent out an e mail, proclamating that all men are created equal,it set out a new standard of myth that 150 years of history has yet to top.

      No. Jeff Samarda (with a Z AND a J in there, somewhere) was born with a superior amount of physical ability to a lot of folk that that Lee Elia once cited in a speech that made Bleacher Bums famous.

      But to think, for even a second that his birth gifts were not overshadowed by a blue collar work ethic that he parlayed into a freaking Notre Dame football career AND an ascending MLB career is UNBELIEVABLE.

      Here, the dude sits, in a VERY possible World Series situation, which can only add digits to his free agency with a good show, and yet, some fan, on a blog suggests Samardjiza (they’re all in there, who cares about order) is probably okay with not being allowed to pitch, and help earn home field edge in a possible WS situation. I’m sure the complacency of Jeff Sam is OVERWHELMINGLY cool with letting someone else control that fate.

      I guess they just don’t teach understanding the competitor within like they used to. Bleep the guesswork. I KNOW they don’t. It’s so nice that the world has been digested by numbers. So nice, indeed.

      What a blessed world, with fans and media intersecting at every turn.

      • Don M

        July 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

        Wait – so you’re saying that he’s pissed he can’t pitch in the All-Star Game ? I’d agree … but would he rather still be on the Cubs and pitch in the ASG … or have been traded to the A’s and not pitch the ASG …. I’m pretty sure he’s OK with being on the A’s

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