Three Blue Jays named to MLB All-Star roster

The Toronto Blue Jays will be well-represented at next week’s MLB All-Star Game, as third baseman Josh Donaldson, slugger Edwin Encarnacion and right-hander Marco Estrada were selected to the American League roster on Tuesday.

Victoria, B.C.’s Michael Saunders was chosen as one of five candidates for’s All-Star Game Final Vote to decide the 34th man for each side, with voting open until 4pm et/1pm pt on Friday.

Donaldson, making his third appearance in the Midsummer Classic, was voted into the starting lineup last season with more than 14 million online votes. The reigning American League MVP has 20 home runs, 58 RBI and a .298 batting average this season.

“I’m happy I made the All-Star team,” said Donaldson.  “I’m glad to be part of the entire scene, It’s rewarding.”

Encarnacion is third in home runs (22) in the American League this season and leads the majors with 79 runs batted in. He will be making this third All-Star appearance in four years with the Blue Jays.

Estrada, making his first-ever appearance at the All-Star Game, sports the fifth-lowest ERA in the American League (2.93) and is second in WHIP (0.99) behind only Chicago’s Chris Sale.

“I want to be able to pitch,” said Estrada. “It’s my first time and it could be my only time, but the team has to come first. If I can’t pitch for the team, I shouldn’t pitch anywhere else.”

“This means the world to me, this means the world to my family. They’re all very proud.”

Saunders has 15 home runs and 38 RBI with the Blue Jays with a .290 batting average this season.

“I told everyone it was kind of a redemption year for me,” said Saunders. “Playing for the Blue Jays was a dream of mine growing up. Missing all of last year was really hard on me, more mentally and emotionally than it was physically.”

The most Blue Jays to ever appear in an All-Star Game was seven in 1993, with Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Pat Hentgen, Paul Molitor, John Olerud, Duane Ward and Devon White taking part in the Midsummer Classic in Baltimore.

The 2016 All-Star Game will be played in San Diego on Tuesday, July 12 with the winning league earning home field advantage for the World Series.

Here is a full list of the AL, NL All-Star starters, reserves and Final Vote candidates:


C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
SS: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
OF: Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

C: Stephen Vogt, Athletics
C: Matt Wieters, Orioles
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B: Robinson Cano, Mariners
3B: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians
SS: Eduardo Nunez, Twins
OF: Carlos Beltran, Yankees
OF: Ian Desmond, Rangers
OF: Mark Trumbo, Orioles
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

RHP: Dellin Betances, Yankees
RHP: Brad Brach, Orioles
LHP: Zach Britton, Orioles
RHP: Alex Colome, Rays
RHP: Wade Davis*, Royals
RHP: Marco Estrada, Blue Jays
LHP: Cole Hamels, Rangers
RHP: Will Harris, Astros
RHP: Kelvin Herrera, Royals
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox
LHP: Andrew Miller, Yankees
RHP: Danny Salazar, Indians
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Steven Wright, Red Sox

Final Vote candidates
2B: Ian Kinsler, Tigers
3B: Evan Longoria, Rays
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
OF: Michael Saunders, Blue Jays
OF: George Springer, Astros

C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
2B: Ben Zobrist, Cubs
3B: Kris Bryant, Cubs
SS: Addison Russell, Cubs
OF: Yoenis Cespedes, Mets
OF: Dexter Fowler, Cubs
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

C: Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
C: Wilson Ramos, Nationals
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Wil Myers, Padres
2B: Daniel Murphy, Nationals
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
3B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
SS: Corey Seager, Dodgers
OF: Adam Duvall, Reds
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Odubel Herrera, Phillies
OF: Marcell Ozuna, Marlins

RHP: Jake Arrieta, Cubs
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP: Johnny Cueto, Giants
RHP: Jeurys Familia, Mets
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
LHP: Clayton Kershaw*, Dodgers
LHP: Jon Lester, Cubs
RHP: Mark Melancon, Pirates
RHP: A.J. Ramos, Marlins
RHP: Fernando Rodney, Marlins
RHP: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
RHP: Noah Syndergaard, Mets
RHP: Julio Teheran, Braves

Final Vote candidates
1B: Brandon Belt, Giants
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
3B: Jake Lamb, D-backs
OF: Starling Marte, Pirates
SS: Trevor Story, Rockies


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