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    Now that fan voting is finished Womens Jameis Winston Jersey , it’s a good time to take a hard look at All-Star Game selections.

    Which players are worthy of participating July 17 in Washington, and who gets left out?

    Let’s touch on this topic first: Shohei Ohtani is incredibly talented and fascinating to watch, but the Los Angeles Angels‘ two-way Japanese star simply hasn’t been on the field enough to earn a spot. Not at pitcher OR designated hitter.

    Ohtani just returned to the lineup from an elbow injury that’s knocked him off the mound for now. He’s only made nine major league pitching starts, and the Angels have limited his at-bats all season due to concerns about the rookie’s workload.

    So while it would definitely be fun to see him in baseball’s summer showcase, there are several more deserving American League sluggers at DH. It wouldn’t be fair to deny one of them in favor of Ohtani. And he’s unavailable to pitch at this point.

    Let him win his invitation next season with a fully healthy and productive first half. Or the year after that. Or whenever it happens.

    Buzzkill, I know.

    But even without Ohtani, there’s plenty to watch for leading up to the first All-Star Game in the nation’s capital since the Senators hosted at RFK Stadium in 1969.

    Start with Atlanta outfielder Nick Markakis. With more than 2,150 career hits, he’s poised to make an All-Star team for the first time in his 13th big league season.

    Matt Kemp, Miles Mikolas and Mike Foltynewicz are enjoying feel-good comebacks.

    Robinson Cano, the MVP of last year’s game, will sit this one out while serving a drug suspension.

    Injuries may keep familiar stars such as Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Correa and Corey Seager from returning, but in their place should be exciting newcomers like Aaron Nola, Ozzie Albies, Alex Bregman and Eddie Rosario.

    The American League has won five times in a row and is 17-3-1 in the last 21 years.

    ”I want to win. I always want to win. It’s not playing for home-field advantage anymore in the World Series Authentic DeSean Jackson Jersey , but all these guys are competitors and they want to win for their respective league,” said National League manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    There’s a logjam at shortstop in the AL, and the NL bullpen is loaded.

    That sort of thing is where it gets complicated: Each roster has 32 spots, with 12 going to pitchers. Every club must be represented, too.

    Online voting for the starters at each position ended at midnight Thursday, and the teams will be revealed Sunday night.

    ”I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a great experience,” said Houston’s AJ Hinch, who will manage the AL squad. ”It’s as casual a game as you’ll play with the biggest names on the stage, and all the attention that comes with it. It’s a big deal.”

    Disregarding fan and player balloting, here are our picks:



    AMERICAN LEAGUE

    FIRST BASE – Jose Abreu of the White Sox gets the start, barely nudging out Toronto switch-hitter Justin Smoak.

    SECOND BASE – AL MVP Jose Altuve from the World Series champion Astros is backed up by 34-year-old Oakland veteran Jed Lowrie, whose first All-Star nod is probably long overdue.

    SHORTSTOP – Cleveland whiz Francisco Lindor is in the lineup. Top trade target Manny Machado from lowly Baltimore, and Jean Segura from Seattle are on the bench. Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons of the Angels is really tough to leave out.

    THIRD BASE – Jose Ramirez gives the Indians both starters on the left side of the infield. Bregman backs up at the hot corner, from Houston.

    CATCHER – Wilson Ramos is a big reason the Rays are holding their own. Perennial pick Salvador Perez represents the struggling Royals despite his subpar season.

    OUTFIELD – Angels star Mike Trout plays center, wit