AL All-Stars vs NL All-Stars
Tip-off: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
- American: Scherzer (13-1, 3.19 ERA)
- National: Harvey (7-2, 2.35 ERA)
The new generation of MLB All-Stars has arrived. These include players like 21 year-old Mike Trout and Manny Machado, 20 year-old Bryce Harper and many more. The 39 year-old Derek Jeter has been left off the All-Star team for the first time in eight years.
24 year-old New York Mets pitched Matt Harvey is merciless, with a great deal of breaking pitches to complement 98 mph heat.
Trout and Harper, the Rookies of the Year in the previous MLB season, are making their second trip to the All-Star game. This time, they will start tonight after being chosen by fans with a fervor for the new boys of summer.
YouWager experts consider that some of baseball’s best players are among the youngest on the field. Every game it seems that they are able to put up unprecedented numbers and turn in outstanding plays even with their short age.
Merchandise is also a huge deal with these young players as jersey sales for Harvey, Harper and Trout rank among the top 10 this baseball season.
Machado’s jersey ranked eighth, one spot behind Jeter, even when the Baltimore Orioles third baseman has spent less than a year in the majors. That didn’t stop the Florida native from earning his first All-Star selection on his 21st birthday.
This season there are 12 All-Stars 24 or younger, seven in the National League. That’s the most since 12 players were chosen in 1993, according to STATS — a group that included Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza, Gary Sheffield, Mike Mussina and Juan Gonzalez.
The only player from that group under 23 was 21-year-old catcher Ivan Rodriguez. In 2013, there are four.