You can't host a rocking party without a guest list full of VIPs, and you can't have a Major League All-Star celebration for the ages without the rest of baseball's A-list.
So fittingly, 24 hours after the starters for the 86th Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati next Tuesday were announced, the reserves -- as well as the 10 contenders for the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote -- were revealed.
The marquee names in lights on Monday represent a lot more than a tale of two cities, although Kansas City still shines with six total All-Stars after two backups were named to join the four Royals starters, and St. Louis added three Cardinals reserves to its two starters for an NL-leading total of five. Otherwise, the game that will be played in Cincinnati would also be fitting in the Ohio city of Youngstown. Thirty-five players aged 27 or younger have been named to the big game and 28 of the players will shine in a Midsummer Classic for the first time.
The reserves, which take each league's roster total to 33 with one more to come in the online Final Vote, were named via the Player Ballot -- a vote of the players, managers and coaches -- and by the All-Star Game managers in conjunction with MLB. In making their selections, the managers have ensured that each of the 30 clubs will be represented in the All-Star Game.
"It's going to be a lot better," Chapman said of his fourth All-Star selection, via translator Tomas Vera. "Even during the regular season, when the door opens and the fans go crazy, it's something special for me. This time, I will be really, really happy. I feel happy, I feel proud to be a part of the Reds."
Greinke, who earned his third All-Star honor and could be a contender to start the Classic for the NL, said he enjoys one thing about the experience more than anything else.
"The best part is getting to talk to the best players in the game," Greinke said, "and learn a little about them and what makes them good."
Rosenthal was proud to be one of the five players from the team with the best record in the Major Leagues as we approach the break.
"It means a lot to have that recognition, and especially from guys who play the game every day, see what it's about and see me play and appreciate the performance that I've had," Rosenthal said. "It means a lot to me. To be a representative of this team and the pitching staff we have, there are probably a few guys in our rotation and bullpen who could be joining us, but to get the representation with what we've done this year is definitely special."
"I could have made a case for a couple more," Yost said of adding Herrera. "I really could. But six [from my team] is nice and if Moose gets in, it's seven. He's up against some tough competition."
Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 4 p.m. ET on Friday.
And the voting doesn't end there. During the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 supported MLB.TV platforms, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities, including the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 13. The Derby will feature a new format with brackets and timed rounds and will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports (7 p.m. ET air time, 8:15 first pitch), in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
AMERICAN LEAGUE Pitchers RHP: Chris Archer, Rays RHP: Dellin Betances, Yankees RHP: Brad Boxberger, Rays LHP: Zach Britton, Orioles RHP: Wade Davis, Royals RHP: Sonny Gray: Athletics RHP: Kelvin Herrera, Royals RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners LHP: Dallas Keuchel, Astros RHP: Darren O'Day, Orioles LHP: Glen Perkins, Twins LHP: David Price, Tigers LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
Reserves C: Russell Martin, Blue Jays C: Stephen Vogt, Athletics 1B: Albert Pujols, Angels 1B: Mark Teixeira, Yankees 2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians 3B: Manny Machado, Orioles SS: Jose Iglesias, Tigers IF/OF: Brock Holt, Red Sox OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays OF: Adam Jones, Orioles OF: J.D. Martinez, Tigers DH: Prince Fielder, Rangers
Final Vote candidates SS: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox OF: Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers 2B: Brian Dozier, Twins OF: Brett Gardner, Yankees 3B: Mike Moustakas, Royals