The American League and National League All-Star teams for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by MasterCard will be unveiled on Tuesday, July 5th at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on the "Esurance All-Star Selection Show" on ESPN prior to the network's 8:00 p.m. (ET) game telecast featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates at the St. Louis Cardinals, Major League Baseball announced today.
The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The ballot, which is available exclusively online, will be available for just one more week before the voting period closes on Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 p.m. (ET).
The pitchers and reserves for both squads -- totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL -- will be determined through a combination of "Player Ballot" choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers -- Ned Yost of the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals and Terry Collins of the New York Mets.
Immediately following the announcement, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period, which concludes at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, July 8th. Now in its 15th season with nearly 600 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices.
MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park (July 12th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 11th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 10th), All-Star FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center (July 8th-12th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 87th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; 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, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.