MINNEAPOLS - The 2014 Major League Baseball All Star starting lineups were revealed Monday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota and with whom is managing the National League squad, there was no surprise in who was chosen to start the game, Adam Wainwright.
"It is a great honor to be able to name the starting pitcher which was not an easy task, even though it may have looked that way," Matheny said. "Thereis a lot of talent in our pitching for the National Leagueright now and very deserving pitchers out there and I believe none more so than our own starter Adam Wainwright."
As for the American League, it will be Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners.
"There are many deserving candidates to be the starting pitcher for this game," Boston manager and American League skipper John Farrell said. "But, given what he has done over a long and successful career and what he is doing this year, it is an honor to name Felix our starter for tomorrow." For Wainwright, the all star selection is his third, but the starting assignment will be his first. "Aside from having the ability to win two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, this has got to be one of the highlights of my baseball career to this point," Wainwright said. "This is one of the coolest things I can eversay I did was to start a big league All Star Game. I am just incredibly happy to be place in this situation I can't wait to go out and hopefully lead our National League squad to a victory." The rest of the National League lineup will be Andrew McCutchen, Yasiel Puig, Troy Tulowitzki, Paul Goldschmidt, Giancarlo's Stanton, Aramis Ramirez, Chase Utley, Jonathan Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez. The outfield will consist of McCutchen in center, Puig in right and Gomez in left. The right side of the infield will have Goldschmidt at first base and Utley at second while the left side will feature Tulowitzki at short and Ramirez at third. Lucroy will be Wainwright's starting battery mate while Stanton will man the designated hitter spot for the senior circuit. Matheny compared his job as manager of the National League squad to that of a fan playing fantasy baseball. "I guess it is very similar to the millions of people all over thisworld that are playing fantasy baseball,"Matheny said. "Except for the fact that I get to do it with real people.The talent that was available and the so many of the guys having great seasons, you hate to slight anybody." With two centerfielder's voted into the starting lineup, Matheny had to make the decision on who to start where. "We were going off of experience and were talking about an MVP player and Andrew McCutchen is definitely one of those standout players defensively as is Carlos Gomez," Mathemy said. "It was not an easy decision, realizing that you couldn't go wrong either way. Understand, we have a great opportunity to have not just a good offensive outfield, but also a very, very good defensive teamd too." Matheny is pleased to have Stanton on his side. "He is a pretty impressive guy," Matheny said. "Anybody who has had to watch him and deal with the impact he has on the game and the impact he has on that lineup, you have to give a great deal of respect, not just with the power, but also the average and the ability to get on base. The ability he has to turn the game around on one pitch, I don't think I've seen anybody, maybe since (Mark) McGwire that hits the ball as hard as what Stanton does. It's nice to have him on our side." The National League leading Brewers will have three position players in the starting lineup. As for the American League, Derek Jeter will leadoff and play short while Mike Trout will bat second and man left field. Robinson Cano will hit third and play second base with Miguel Cabrera at first base and batting cleanup. Jose Bautista will be inright field and bat fifth with Nelson Cruz DHing in the six slot. Cruz's Oriole teammate, Adam Jones will hit seventh and play center while Oakland's Josh Donaldson will bat eighth and man the hot corner. Royals' backstop, Salvador Perez will complete the AL batting order in the ninth spot. "When you think of the depth (of this lineup) when we have a third baseman with Oakland who is hitting in the eight-hole and he has got 20 home runs," Farrell said. "Just by the positions in the lineup reflexes the caliber of player, the depth, and the reserves that will be coming in behind these guys." Seattle and Baltimore each lead the way with two players in the AL's starting lineup. For Wainwright, the chance to face Jeter, the future Hall of Famer, is something he is looking forward to. "I was telling my wife yesterday, that this will be something I can always remember," Wainwright said. "I have never faced Derek. This will be te first time I have faced him. Spring Training, big leagues, I have been doing this for nine years and I have never faced him. I am very excited just to be able to say I faced the best." The 85th MLB All Star game gets underway at 7 p.m. Tuesday night when the National League takes on the American League at Minnesota's Target Field. The game willbe broadcast on FOX.