2022 MLB All-Star Game starters: Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts headline announcements

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With the 2022 MLB All-Star Game scheduled to take place at Dodger Stadium in less than two weeks, the league finished up its fan voting on Friday. The results, as always, were interesting.

Each position had two finalists from a previous round of voting up for a starting lineup spot in Los Angeles, with four players up for two spots in the outfield (Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña Jr. had already received spots).

The Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers all had multiple players elected. Here's who made the cut:

American League All-Star starters

1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

SS: Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox

3B: Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox

OF: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

OF: Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees

C: Alejandro Kirk, Toronto Blue Jays

DH: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

National League All-Star starters

1B: Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

2B: Jazz Chisholm Jr., Miami Marlins

SS: Trea Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers

3B: Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

OF: Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

OF: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

OF: Joc Pederson, San Francisco Giants

C: Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs

DH: Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies (injured)

Who was already in the MLB All-Star Game?

The All-Star Game starter announcements are typically the first time players are confirmed to be on the roster, but MLB did things a bit differently this year.

Judge and Acuña, by virtue of being the top vote-getters in Phase 1 of voting (more on that later), were already selected to the game. It is Judge's fourth career selection and Acuña's third.

A new quirk was also introduced into MLB's collective bargaining agreement last season allowing commissioner Rob Manfred to add one player to each roster to recognize accomplished veterans who probably weren't making the game under normal circumstances.

This year, that was Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, who are both nearing the end of their careers. Pujols plans to retire after this season, in which he returned to the St. Louis Cardinals, while Cabrera has said he intends to retire once his contract is up after the 2023 season.

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani scores during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Miami. The Angels won 5-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Shohei Ohtani becomes the second Japanese player to start multiple All-Star games, after Ichiro Suzuki. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

How did MLB All-Star voting work this year?

MLB All-Star fan voting has always been prone to some truly odd outcomes. The league tried changing things this year, with the introduction of multi-phase voting.

Phase 1 began on June 8 and ended on June 30. It looked like past elections, in which fans could pick any starter from the 30 teams for each position (and three for the outfield). That led to Judge and Acuña getting early nods.

Phase 2 began on July 5, and featured two finalists for each position, except outfield, which had four players for two spots. Voting closed on Friday, and the results are above.

When are the rest of the All-Star players announced?

The All-Star pitchers and reserves for both rosters, 23 total players from each league, will be selected via a player vote and selections from the commissioner's office.

Full All-Star rosters will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPN.

MLB All-Star Game time, channel

The 2022 MLB All-Star Game is scheduled to take place on July 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium. It will be televised on Fox.

The Home Run Derby will take place the preceding night on July 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, and there is also the Future Game, featuring several top prospects, on July 16 at 7 p.m. ET.